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Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing

Sunderland City Council are responsible for the licensing of the following within Sunderland:

  • Private Hire operators
  • Private Hire drivers
  • Private Hire vehicles
  • Hackney Carriage drivers
  • Hackney Carriage vehicles

If you wish to work in Sunderland as either a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire driver or vehicle owner, or as a Private Hire Operator, you will need to obtain a licence from us. 

We have developed a step by step process for applying for a licence. All licences are granted in line with our Statement of Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Policy 2023 (pdf) and new applicants should familiarise themselves with the requirements of this policy before taking the first steps to become licensed. 

The council is now under a legal duty to ensure all applicants have the right to live and work in the UK. You will be required to prove that you have these rights before being licensed for either a first grant or renewal.

To apply for a licence to drive either a private hire or a hackney carriage vehicle you must also:

  • have held a full driving licence for one year
  • have the right to work in the UK and be able to provide original evidence of your right to work 
  • pass the council's knowledge test
  • complete a DBS check and provide original supporting documents
  • have a medical check
  • complete a Tax Conditionality Check  
  • obtain and provide a DVLA check code

For all other Taxi Licensing Public Registers, please contact

Driver Licence

Information including costs involved to get a new or renewed hackney carriage or private hire driver licence and how to report a change of circumstances.

Operator licence

Information including costs involved in obtaining an operators licence

Register of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

This is a list of wheelchair accessible vehicles designated for the purposes of Section 165 of the Equality Act 2010

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