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Private Hire And Hackney Carriage Driver Licences

Licence Summary

Persons wishing to drive Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Vehicles must first hold the appropriate licence from the local authority.

Before a licence is issued the Council have to determine whether or not you are a "fit and proper person" under the terms of the Act to hold a licence. This involves a series of tests and checks being carried out with various organisations so that the Council can determine your application fairly and consistently. The checks and tests carried out are as follows:

• Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS)

• Medical Examination

• Tees Valley Taxi Driving Assessment Course

• Safeguarding Awareness Training

• Knowledge Test


Regulation Summary

Copies of the relevant legislation can be found at the following links:

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

The Town Police Clause Act 1847


Application Process

Applicants must have held a driver’s licence granted under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1972, to drive a motor car for at least 3 years.

An Application Form, together with the following documents should be submitted in person to the Customer Service Centre together with the appropriate fee:

  • DBS Form
  • Medical Form
  • Tees Valley Taxi Driving Assessment Course
  • Proof of Right To Work
  • Safeguarding Awareness Training Certificate
  • DVLA Driving Licence (stating your current address)
  • Four coloured passport size photographs – full face, not hats, caps etc.

The Application Form, Medical Form and DBS Form should not be completed and signed earlier than 28 days before submission to our office.

The Counterpart of your driving licence has now been abolished and endorsements are recorded electronically by the DVLA. In order for you to confirm your driving record to us you are required to access your record by logging onto the Share Driving Licence Service at where you can generate a “Check Code” which must be supplied with your application. This service is free and should be used by both paper and photo card driving licence holders. We will be unable to process your application until confirmation of your DVLA licence has been supplied.

Once your application has been processed you will be sent an appointment to attend for a knowledge test. This test is a written test and consists predominantly of multiple choice questions. Areas covered include Legislation, Driver Conduct, Highway Code and Traffic Signs, Locations and Numeracy. Hackney Carriage applicants will also be tested on Ranks, Tariffs and Shortest Routes.

At your knowledge test you will have to demonstrate a reasonable knowledge of the area covered by Stockton on Tees Borough Council (i.e. Stockton, Thornaby, Yarm, Billingham, Eaglescliffe).

Applicants may take the knowledge test before submitting any other paperwork if they prefer (please submit knowledge test application form available below).

On completion of all elements and payment of the licence fee your Drivers licence and badges will be issued. This licence will be required to be renewed periodically.

It is illegal for you to drive Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Vehicles without a current licence and badge issued to you by Stockton on Tees Borough Council.


How To Apply

To apply for a licence, or notify us of any changes to your licence, please download and complete the appropriate forms below.

Application For A Private Hire Or Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence including Medical Form

Private Hire or Hackney Carriage Drivers Medical Form

Criminal Record Bureau Disclosure Form (This form cannot be reproduced on this website. The form is available from the Licensing Office)

Knowledge Test Application Form (if taken before submitting a full application form)

Application For An Existing Private Hire Driver To Change To A Hackney Carriage/Combined Licence

Medical Declaration For Applicants or Licensed Drivers with Insulin Treated Diabetes

Notification Of Change Of Address

Notification Of A Criminal Conviction Or Caution

Notification Of A Lost Or Stolen Badge

DVLA Driver Mandate Form

Data Subject Access Request


Guidance Notes

To view guidance documents please select the appropriate link below:

Private Hire & Hackney Carriage Licensing Policy (The latest version of the Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Policy is currently being updated and will be published shortly)

Guidance & Information Relating To Private Hire & Hackney Carriage Driver & Vehicle Licensing

Guide to Your Tees Valley Taxi Assessment

Private Hire & Hackney Carriage Licensing Fees and Charges

Access to Taxis for Guide Dog Owners

Hate Crime Leaflet

Hate Crime Reporting Centres