New vehicle application
If you wish to licence a vehicle as a taxi but are not a licensed taxi driver yourself with DBC you must apply for a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
You will need to provide us with the certificate.
Request a basic DBS check [external link]
This costs £23. The certificate will be sent out to you within 14 days.
A mechanical certificate from Darlington Borough Council is required.
The checks are carried out at our testing centre:
Yarm Road Industrial Estate
Have your vehicle renewal code ready from the email we sent you
Remembering to renew your licence is your responsibility.
Two months before your licence is due for renewal, we will send you an email reminder.
Please leave plenty of time for your licence to be validated and processed.
The email reminder will contain a link and a code for you to enter to retrieve your renewal information.
You can copy and paste it from the email.
Make the appropriate application
Documents you are required to upload with your application:
- Valid MOT certificate
- Taxi vehicle insurance including public liability insurance (up to £5m)
- Mechanical certificate
- Vehicle ownership document
Additionally, depending on circumstances:
- Meter calibration certificate
- Employer's liability insurance
- Wheelchair conversion certificate
Valid MOT certificate
A valid MOT certificate is required if your vehicle is more than 12 months old for a Hackney and over 3 years old for a private hire vehicle.
Taxi Vehicle Insurance
Taxi vehicle insurance including public liability insurance (up to £5m)
Public Hire insurance is required for Hackney Carriage Vehicles and Private Hire insurance is required for
private hire vehicles.
You will receive this from DBC testing centre.
New licences will book these directly with the garage. Every 6 months DBC will book vehicle in when their check is due.
Vehicle ownership document
A vehicle ownership document V5 or for new vehicles, the green slip will be accepted or a bill of sale until the V5 is available.
The V5 will need to be provided within 28 days.
Meter calibration certificate
This is only required for a a Hackney Carriage Vehicle.
You will need to contact a company that provide taxi meter services.
Employer’s liability insurance
If you employ someone to drive your vehicle you will need employer employer’s liability insurance up to £5 million.
Wheelchair conversion certificate
This will need to be provided if your vehicle has been adapted for wheelchair use.
Hackney carriages are public transport vehicles which are licensed to "ply for hire".
- be hailed by prospective passengers in the street
- park on a rank to await the approach of passengers
Renew a Hackney Carriage Driver’s Licence [link]
Private hire vehicles (or minicabs) are public transport vehicles.
However, a private hire vehicle cannot ply for hire or stand in a rank.
It must be pre booked with a private hire
operator for example through the operator, usually by telephone.
Renew a Private Hire Driver’s Licence [link]