Private hire operator licence

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

On advice from the government regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have suspended new driver applications and medicals, current licences will be extended by 6 months. 

See further information about changes to services.

All private hire vehicles must operate via a licensed operator.

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 defines a private hire vehicle as:

"any motor vehicle adapted to carry less than 9 passengers and which is provided for hire with the services of a driver to carry passengers, but which is not already licensed as a hackney carriage (taxi) or as a public service vehicle (bus or coach)".

If you have any questions please call us on 01202 262202.

Minimum requirements

Applicants must:

  • be a 'fit and proper' person
  • have an business operating address within the Borough of Poole 

How to apply

Applicants must complete and return:

Email your request for an application form or call us on 01202 262202.


Applicants must supply:

(Only where disclosure and barring service form is required)

  • current passport or original birth certificate
  • National Insurance number (NI card or P45/P60)
  • two proofs of current address e.g. utility bill or bank statement (dated within last 3 months)


  • 1 year private hire operators licence - £75
  • 5 year private hire operators licence - £207
Page last updated: 16 April 2020
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