Taxi drivers

To become a taxi driver you must be licensed. To renew or licence or obtain a new one, you will need to go through an application process.


You need a licence to drive a hackney carriage or a private hire vehicle. 

​​Renew your licence

​To renew your licence, complete the application form through our online portal.

​​​Apply for a ne​w licence​

Taxi drivers must have held a driving licence issued by the DVLA for at least 12 months before applying.

To apply for a new licence, complete the application form online.

Fees and charges

​You can make a licensing payment on the  Council's payments page​, please select Licensing from the payments types. Your reference is your driver number beginning with DRV.

Alternatively, payments can be made by telephone on 01642 774774 (select option 4 to speak to a Customer Services representative).

  • ​​​​New driver licence (1 year) - £170
  • New driver licence (3 years) - £400
  • Renewal driver licence (1 year) - £145
  • Renewal driver licence (3 years) - £370
  • DBS application - £51.60
  • Knowledge test - ​£25
  • Replacement badge - £10

Share your driving licence information

When completing any application form, you need to provide a code to allow us to check your DVLA driving licence information, you can obtain a check code from the GOV.UK web site.

DBS checks

You will need to apply for an Enhanced DBS check before a licence is granted.

The team will contact you to ask for documents to confirm your identity, you will need to provide your DVLA driving licence as well as two other documents (for example a passport and recent utility bill).

You can find guidance on acceptable documents on the GOV.UK ID checking guidelines website​​.

Once we have confirmed your identity, you will be receive an email inviting you to make an online application.

DBS Update Service​​

Once you have received your DBS certificate, you will need to register it on the  DBS Update Service website.

The Team will then check the status of your certificate every 6 months.

If you remain registered to the service, you will not be asked to get a new DBS certificate unless your criminal record changes.

If you allow your registration to lapse, you will be required to apply for a new Enhanced DBS certificate every 6 months.

​Medical certificate

When applying for a new licence, you must ask your doctor, or a medical practitioner that has access to your medical records, to complete our Medical form.

Your licence will not be granted until you have provided us with the completed form.

A further medical is required when you reach the age of 45 years and every 5 years thereafter until the age of 65 years.

Drivers aged 65 years and over must provide a medical certificate every year.

​Safeguarding and child sexual exploitation course

Applicants are required to undertake and pass a safeguarding and child sexual exploitation course. Barnardo's has provided an e-learning programme written specifically for taxi drivers which is available on the Tees Valley learning web page. Once you have completed the course, you can download your pass certificate and email to the team.

​​Knowledge test

​All new drivers are required to successfully complete a knowledge test. You are advised to study the 'Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy' before contacting the team to book a test.​

Practical driving assessment​

New drivers must provide evidence of satisfactory completion of a driving assessment, approved by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council. The following are the current approved providers:

  • Hartlepool Borough Council (01429 284076)
  • DriveTech​ (01256 495731 - option 1)
  • Blue Lamp Trust (0300 777 0157)