This section sets out the requirements to obtain a Private Hire Driver's Licence.

To acquire a license to drive hackney carriages or private hire vehicles you must be over the age of 21 and you must have held a full driving license for one year. Applications are available from Environmental Health at the Civic Centre, Sunderland.

When applying for your first license the following procedure applies:

  1. The first stage is to sit a Knowledge / Locality Test  This test consists of questions on the Highway Code, Licensing Law, Locations and Routes throughout the city.
  2. The next stage involves the completion of the application form. Contained are sections to be completed by the applicant, a registered Medical Practitioner and a Solicitor or Commissioner for Oaths.
  3. When this form is completed and returned to the Licensing Section with the relevant documentation, the applicant is required to complete a Criminal Records Bureau check.
  4. When the check is returned and if all documentation is in order then a license is issued to the applicant. The license can be issued for either one or three years.