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Vehicle Operator's Licence

Apply and pay for your licence online see 'APPLY' for details

Any person who operates a private hire service utilising one or more private hire vehicles must apply to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for a Private Hire Operator's Licence.

A private hire operator must ensure that every private hire vehicle is driven by a person who holds a private hire driver's licence and all three licences:

  • private hire operator's licence;
  • private hire driver's licence; and
  • private hire vehicle licence;

must be issued by the same Licensing Authority.

Apply Online

After you have submitted your application and fee online you will need to contact us to make an appointment to submit your DBS application form (not required if you are already a licensed driver).

  • Please telephone 01892 554 034

Before applying please ensure that you read through the requirements set out in the relevant policy or guidance notes before applying:

  • Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) update service and ID checklist

Apply by Post

Unfortunately we are not in a position, at present or for the foreseeable future, to process cheques due to the health risks presented by Covid-19.

In order to make an application you will need to read the requirements as above and then submit:

  • Application form
  • Completed DBS application form (not required if you are already a licensed driver)
  • Payment of fee

Payments can be made by card, cash or cheque, please see the application form for further details.

To pay by card please telephone 01732 227004.

Return completed forms to:

The Licensing Partnership
P.O. Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

You will need to renew your licence every three years from the date of grant.

The process is the same as making a new application, you need to complete and submit online or return the same application form with the correct fee.

Apply Online

After you have submitted your application and fee online you will need to contact us to make an appointment to submit your DBS application form (not required if you are already a licensed driver).

  • Please telephone 01892 554 034

Before applying please ensure that you read through the requirements set out in the relevant policy or guidance notes before applying:

  • Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) update service and ID checklist

Apply by Post

Unfortunately we are not in a position, at present or for the foreseeable future, to process cheques due to the health risks presented by Covid-19.

In order to make an application you will need to read the requirements as above and then submit:

  • Application form
  • Completed DBS application form (not required if you are already a licensed driver)
  • Payment of fee

Payments can be made by card, cash or cheque, please see the application form for further details.

To pay by card please telephone 01732 227004.

Return completed forms to:

The Licensing Partnership
P.O. Box 182
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 1GP

Additional Costs

Charge
Change of name for a vehicle or operator licence £11.00 for one year
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