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Private Hire And Hackney Carriage Driver Licences

Licence Summary 

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.


Policy and Regulation Summary

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

Private Hire & Hackney Carriage Licensing Policy

The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976

The Town Police Clause Act 1847


Driver Renewal and Annual Declaration Application

You can now renew your licence, submit an annual declaration and make payment online here.


New Driver Application Process

See our Licensing Fees and Charges webpage for a full list of application fees.

Applications are accepted by appointment only. To arrange an appointment please telephone the Customer Service Centre on 01642 528560. If more than one application is to be submitted please inform the Customer Services Officer when arranging the appointment so that sufficient time can be allocated.

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
  • Taxi Driving Assessment Course
  • Proof of Right To Work
  • Safeguarding Awareness Training Certificate
  • DVLA Driving Licence (stating your current address) and DVLA Check Code. You can get a Check Code on the website 
  • 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.

Once your application has been processed you will be sent an appointment to attend for a knowledge test. This is a computerised, multiple choice test which must be completed in either 30 minutes for a Private Hire test or 45 minutes for a Hackney/Combined test.


DBS Update Service

Drivers will now need to undertake a DBS check annually, either at the time of their renewal or annual declaration.

In order to minimise future costs we are asking all licensed drivers to join the DBS update service. This means that in future years you will not have to submit a new DBS form as we will be able to check your status online. Signing up to this service also allows you to share your Disclosure with other agencies. You can join the update service using the DBS application form reference number, which can be found in the top right hand corner of the front page of the form.

DBS Update Service


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

Notification Of Change Of Address

Notification Of A Criminal Conviction Or Caution

Notification Of A Lost Or Stolen Badge

If you would like to:

  • Return or surrender your licence
  • Get a a medical form

Please complete the following online contact form.

Contact us about a driver, vehicle or operator licence

Request replacement items i.e. dash display wallet, tariff card etc


Knowledge Test Guidance and Applications

Knowledge Test Guidance

Knowledge Test Application Form (if taken before submitting a full application form, please do not use this form if you are an existing driver)

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


Guidance Notes

To view guidance documents please select the appropriate link below:

Tees Valley Taxi Assessment Guidance

Guidelines on the Relevance of Convictions, Cautions, Reprimands, Warnings, Complaints and Character

Guidance on Right To Work Entitlement

Disability Awareness Advice For Licensed Drivers

Guide Dog and Assistance Dog Awareness 

Assistance Dogs a Guide for Businesses

Hate Crime Leaflet


Barnardo’s - Safeguarding Awareness Training 

This is an E-learning package which has been developed by the four Tees Valley Authorities with Barnardo’s and has been approved by the Councils Licensing Committee as minimum training requirement in order for Hackney Carriage/Private Hire Drivers and Operators to comply with the policy requirements.

To register and access the E-learning programme please refer to the select the links below:

Registration Information and Access Guide

Safeguarding Awareness Training Programme


Revoked and Refused Taxi Drivers

National Register (NR3)

Stockton Borough Council has signed up to the national register of revoked and refused hackney carriage and private hire drivers (known as NR3). As such, any driver who has had their drivers licence revoked, or had their application refused, will have their details recorded on this register.

This is being done to protect the public by ensuring that licensing authorities are aware of drivers who have been refused or revoked when determining whether a new licence application should be granted.

If you have had or have your driver’s licence revoked, or a driver’s application refused, your details will be submitted to the NR3 register.

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