How to obtain a licence

We issue licences for hackney carriage and private hire vehicles, drivers and operators. All documents are available for download (see below).

Drivers licences -  Applicants are required, in law, to be “fit and proper” persons.  For this purpose Hartlepool Borough Council requires applicants to undertake the following:

  1. Complete a Driver's Application Form
  2. Pay the appropriate fee
  3. Complete an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Certificate (Police Check)
  4. Submit a Medical Certificate completed by their G.P
  5. Completion of Barnardo's online training course (CSE)
  6. Pass the Council's 'knowledge test'. This covers issues such as legislation, disability awareness and knowledge of the local area
  7. Production of documentation to prove your right to work in the UK
  8. Once a licence is granted a driver has 12 months to pass the Taxi Driving Assessment 

Private Hire Drivers Application          Hackney Carriage Drivers Application          Hackney Carriage/Private Hire (DUAL) Drivers Application


Vehicle licences - In order to obtain a licence for a hackney carriage or private vehicle you must: -

  1. Submit a Vehicle Application Form
  2. Pay the appropriate fee
  3. Have the vehicle pass a mechanical inspection at the Council's Depot
  4. Ensure the vehicle complies with the Council's Licensing Policy
  5. Provide the Vehicle Insurance Certificate (including Public Liability insurance to a minimum value of £5,000,000)

Private Hire Vehicle Application Form       Hackney Carriage Vehicle Application Form

Fees & Charges

Private Hire Operators Licence - In order to obtain an operators licence, applicants are also required, in law, to be “fit and proper” persons.  For this purpose, if an applicant does not already hold a taxi driver licence, the Council requires applicants to produce a police check or basic disclosure that is no older than one month.  All applicants must have operating premises within the borough of Hartlepool. 


Private Hire Operators Form Fees & Charges