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Coronavirus (COVID-19) taxi licensing

Renew your existing driver's badge

You can still renew your existing taxi or private hire driver's badge.  

To renew:

Your badge and license will be posted out to you.

It is essential that renewal forms and a fee are received as soon as possible.

Renew your vehicle licence

You can still renew your vehicle license.

To renew:

Mechanical vehicle testing at Middlefields has resumed. Please contact Licensing on 0191 427 2615 to book your test.

Plates and permits will be sent out in the post.

It is essential that an application form and fee are received as soon as possible.

These temporary arrangements remain under constant review.

It is hoped that in house taxi testing will resume by the end of September 2020.

Applying for a new vehicle licence

Please contact Licensing on 0191 427 2615 to arrange an appointment for a vehicle inspection (pre check) for new vehicles.

Applying for a new driver's badge

New applications are being considered.

You will be required to make an appointment to submit your application and will need to provide the following:

  • Application form
  • Taxi safeguarding course certificate
  • Immigration document
  • DVLA 'Check code'
  • Group 2 medical
  • Criminal record check reference number
  • Driving licence (in your current address) and 2 other forms of identification
  • Fee

Information and guidance is included in the application pack which will be sent out to you.

Please email licensing@southtyneside.gov.uk with your name and address and an application pack will be posted out to you.

Please contact Licensing on 0191 427 2615 to arrange an appointment.

Contact

If you have an issue or query about taxi and private hire licensing, contact the Licensing service:

The taxi licensing office at South Shields Town Hall is open, but please contact us via phone or email if possible.

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