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Taxi and Private Hire Licensing

Gateshead Council are responsible for the Licensing of the following within the Borough of Gateshead:

  • Hackney Carriage Vehicles
  • Hackney Carriage Drivers
  • Private Hire Vehicles
  • Private Hire Drivers
  • Private Hire Operators

Applying to be a Licensed Driver with Gateshead Council

You will need to obtain a drivers badge (either Hackney Carriage, Private Hire or Dual) if you wish to work as a driver in the Gateshead area.

When considering applying for a Licence it is advised to read the Policy (PDF) [256KB] prior to submitting an application.

We have an application process for new drivers which begins with a basic screening form. If you have any queries regarding the screening form, please email our Licensing inbox.

Once we have checked your screening form and confirmed you are eligible to proceed, you will then receive a driver application pack via email which contains the following:

  • Knowledge Test Revision Booklet (This test is mandatory for both Hackney Carriage and Private Hire applicants).
  • Driver Application Form
  • Group 2 Medical Certificate
  • Guidance on acceptable forms of ID for a DBS application

Once ready to sit the Knowledge Test, please contact the team via email and further information will be provided on the next steps in the application process.

Tax Conditionality Check - for new and existing drivers

From Monday 4 April 2022 all individuals will need to complete a tax check when applying or renewing a licence in England and Wales. If a tax check is not completed, The Licensing Authority will be unable to consider the application and this will mean in the case of renewals, your current licence will expire.

The following links may assist you in preparing for the new tax conditionality checks:

The Equality Act 2010

This  List of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (Correct as of May 2024) (PDF) [226KB] (opens new window)  is designated for the purposes of Section 165 of the above Act.

Hackney carriage and private hire documents

Contact us

Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street

0191 433 4741

Taxi Vehicle Testing 
Gateshead Council
Park Road

0191 433 7433