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Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicle licences

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How to apply for a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire vehicle licence

  1. Read this page thoroughly. Before submitting your application please contact the Licensing team on 01642 728011 or email to find out if your vehicle is suitable to be licensed as a Hackney Carriage (HC) or Private Hire (PH) vehicle.
  2. Arrange the appropriate motor insurance.
  3. Ensure that the vehicle is mechanically fit and safe.
  4. Register for a MyMiddlesbrough accountWithout a MyMiddlesbrough account, you won't be able to apply for a licence.
  5. Submit and pay for your application online.

What you'll need

To make your application you'll need to submit the following documents:

  • DVLA vehicle registration document (V5C) bearing your correct name and address. Where an applicant has joined the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) V5C on Demand Scheme the printable PDF of the vehicle details from within their View Vehicle Record will be accepted as an alternative to the V5C document so long as it is accompanied by a copy of the letter from the DVLA confirming that the applicant has joined the V5C on Demand scheme.
  • A certificate of motor insurance and the policy document, which must be valid on the commencement date of the licence
  • Details of the operator of the vehicle (Private Hire only)
  • Meter calibration certificate (Hackney Carriage only)

What happens next

In order to verify the ‘accident damage’ status of a vehicle, a HPI check will be carried out by the Council. Once this check has been done you will be sent an email prompting you to make an appointment for a mechanical inspection test.

You will be sent an email confirming the time and date of your appointment.

New vehicle applications submitted without all of the relevant supporting documents and the appropriate fee will not be processed, except in the case of an application submitted without the vehicle registration document. If the vehicle registration document is not available at the time of application, then the application can still be processed and the licence issued and the applicant will be given a period of 28 days from the grant of the licence in which to produce the document. The vehicle licence may be suspended if the registration document is not produced by the end of the 28 day period.

Please note that if the application is for a replacement vehicle, the new plates will not be issued until the existing plates have been returned.

Once your vehicle has successfully undertaken its test and you have submitted the required documentation, this will be verified by a Licensing officer and you will be sent an email advising you to collect your vehicle licence and identification plates. This will be, at the earliest, the following day.