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Important update about tax checks

From 2 October 2023, the government are introducing a simple tax check that will take place when people renew the following licences:

  • taxi and private hire drivers
  • booking offices
  • scrap metal dealer sites
  • mobile or itinerant scrap metal collectors

Find out more and how the changes affect you in our licence tax checks bulletin.

Under the terms of the  Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, a taxi or private hire car operator must be licensed to allow the licence holder to operate within the licensed area.

Before applying for a taxi or private hire car operator's licence, the applicant must have held a driver's licence for at least one year.

Taxi operator licence

Please note we have restricted the number of taxi operator licences.

Any person submitting an application for the grant of a taxi operator’s licence would be invited to attend a Local Government Licensing Panel to put a case forward should they consider there is an unmet demand in any locality within East Ayrshire.

Private hire car operator licence

There is currently no restriction on private hire car operator licences.

A private hire car operator’s licence would allow you to operate by only taking advance bookings, as an uplift of a hire from the street is prohibited.

Licence fees

 Type of licence Fee
 Taxi operators  £508
 Private hire car operators  £508

Replacement items fees

ID badge £5
Taxi/private hire car plate £7
Door sign £7
No smoking £1
Internal door card £1
Internal door card plastic pouch £1
Taxi full set (£20 with no smoking stickers)
Private hire car full set  £32 (£34 with no smoking stickers)

Apply for a licence or renewal

Online via our GLAMIS system

You can also download and print the application form below:

Taxi or private hire car operator licence application (PDF 300Kb)

Conditions of licence

Vehicle specifications

Taxi or private hire car vehicle specifications (PDF 298Kb)

Contact Information


Licensing Board Administration
London Road
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 07557 168826