Taxi licence


  1. Getting a taxi licence
  2. Driver renewals
  3. Vehicle licences

Getting a taxi licence

Before a licence is granted, the Council must be satisfied that you are:

  • eligible to work in the UK
  • DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) checked
  • aware of your tax responsibilities
  • medically fit

Once a DBS has been received and a decision to grant a licence has been made, you must:

A licence will then be granted.

A licence for drivers of hackney carriage and private hire vehicles will only be granted when the Council is satisfied that the applicant is a 'fit and proper' person to hold such a licence.

The Council has adopted a policy which provides guidance relating to the relevance of convictions to determine if an applicant is suitable.

For more information, see South Tyneside Council Taxi and Private Hire Policy

Application process

You must submit your application in person and you will need to provide the following:

First-time applicants must confirm that they are aware of their tax responsibilities.

Please read the guidance at GOV.UK: Tax Responsibilities and sign the relevant section on the application form supplied in the pack.

Information and full guidance on applying for a licence is included in an application pack which will be sent out to you.

To request the application pack, please email with your name and address.


The fee is variable and depends on the type and duration of the licence.

A 1 year or 3 year licence is available.

Apply for a Taxi (Hackney Carriage) Drivers Licence

Apply for a Taxi (Hackney Carriage) Drivers Licence

Driver renewals

Renewal forms and full instructions, will be sent out to you automatically.

You will need to email the following to

The fee can be paid by debit or credit card by calling 0191 427 2615.

Please submit your application in advance of your expiry date - your badge and licence will be posted out to you.

If you need to apply for a DBS (Police Check) or submit a right to work share code you must attend the taxi office in person with your ID documents.

Tax conditionality check

From the 4 April 2022, you will need to complete a tax check if you're:

  • renewing a licence
  • applying for the same type of licence you previously held, and that stopped being valid less than a year ago
  • applying for the same type of licence you already hold with another licensing authority

You must carry out the tax check yourself. You cannot ask a tax agent or adviser to do this on your behalf.

The tax check will ask questions about how you pay any tax that may be due on income you earn from your licenced trade.

After you have completed the tax check you will be given a 9-character tax check code.

You will need this code for your application form - this will confirm you have carried out a tax check.

We cannot accept your application if you do not supply a tax check code.

What a tax check is

A tax check confirms that you're registered for tax. After you complete the tax check you'll be given a code.

Tax check codes expire after 120 days.

GOV.UK: Changes for taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence applications

GOV.UK: Complete a tax check

Vehicle licence

Before a vehicle is licenced it must meet certain criteria based on suitability laid down by the law and the Council.

The fee is variable depending on the type and duration of the licence.

A 6 or 12 month licence is available.

Apply for a new vehicle licence

Please contact the Licensing team on 0191 427 2615 to arrange an appointment for a vehicle inspection pre-check.

Renew your vehicle licence

You can renew your vehicle licence by emailing the following to

  • Renewal form(s)
  • Log book
  • Insurance
  • MOT (issued within the last month)

The test bay at Middlefields will reopen from 5 September 2022. After this date we will no longer accept private MOT's.

To book a test please call the Licensing team as soon as you receive your renewal reminder.

The fee can be paid by debit or credit card to the Licensing team on 0191 427 2615.

Please submit your application in advance of your expiry date. 

Your plate and permit will be posted out to you.

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