Apply to be a Dual Driver
To apply to be a dual driver you must be over 18 and half years of age and you must have held a full DVLA Driving Licence for at least 12 months. You must have your DVLA driving licence and right to work in UK document with you when applying for the licence.
New Dual Driver Licence 1 year duration - £150
New Dual Driver Licence 3 year duration - £210
This fee includes your first private hire interview/Locality test, your first safeguarding and vulnerable passengers course, your enhanced DBS certificate, your DVLA mandate check and your licence when issued.
How to apply for your Disclosure and Barring Service check for Newcastle City Council Licensing
As part of your application to be a licensed driver with Newcastle City Council you are now able to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check with Online Disclosures who will administer your Disclosure application on our behalf.
Online DBS application
To apply online you will need access to a computer and a valid email address.
The online application form will guide you through each step of the application to ensure your application is complete and accurate and therefore minimising the risk of your application being delayed. The online application can be completed with these five steps:
1. Go to www.gbg.onlinedisclosures.co.uk and select Register, using the PIN code and secret word in the table below.
Org name NCC – Licensing
Org PIN 144314
Secret word NCCTaxi
2. Create your password and then login using your PIN code, email address and password to complete the application online.
3. Select the relevant identification documents (ID) for verification using the online help tool. You will need your Passport or Driving Licence plus two proofs of address, in the form of an official letter such as a utility bill, bank statement or credit card statement. The documents need to be in your name at your current address.
4. Take original documents to the licensing administrator at Newington Road East for verification. The licensing administrator will verify your identity using these documents. Please note documents must be originals. Downloaded and printed statements are not suitable for the identity checking process.
5. Once your identity has been verified your application will be sent electronically to the Disclosure and Barring Service. Your Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to your current address.
Applicants may login using their PIN, email and password to receive status updates on their application. Applicants wishing to register with the Update Service will either require the DBS issued E-number or Disclosure number and go to the DBS Update Service.
Please note a Disclosure must be registered in the Update Service within 19 days of the issue date.
Help and support with you disclosure and barring service application:
Should you require help and support with your Disclosure application you can contact the Online Disclosures support team on 0845 251 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The support team helpline is available between 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday with a 24-hour messaging service.
You need to have Group II DVLA Medical Form (enclosed) completed by your own GP. If this has not been carried out by your own GP then the medical practitioner MUST have access to your full medical records and history. A separate fee will be charged for completion of the form and will be paid by the applicant.
You do not need the medical report when you submit the application, this can be submitted at a later date.
Right to work
As part of your application for a licence you will need to provide documentation proving that you have the right to work in the United Kingdom in accordance with the requirements of the Immigration Act 2016.
If you have not lived in the UK for 5 consecutive years or more the Authority will require a “Certificate of Good Conduct” from your previous country of residence. You will need to apply for this via your local embassy. Your application cannot be progressed without this.
The Locality Test
You are required to pass a locality test which must be booked when applying for the Licence.
Tests are held at the City Library, New Bridge Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AX, you will be allocated a date and time once your application has been accepted.
Your first test is included in the Licence fee. If you fail to attend or do not pass the test a further non-refundable fee of £24 is payable for any subsequent tests. This is payable on booking of a re-made via the Licensing Office, Newington Road or alternatively by Telephone on 0191 2783864
An Officer will test you on your knowledge of the area. To pass the test you must be able to demonstrate a good geographical knowledge of the area.
You should for example, know the names of the main streets in the City, the location of hotels, places of interest, churches, hospitals, public houses and public buildings. You should know the shortest routes to take between destinations in the City.
You must bring the test sheet and your driving licence with you every time you attend a re-test.
The following is to assist applicants in their preparation for the City Council's Locality Test. The test is designed to establish that, prior to obtaining a licence applicants have sufficient knowledge of the locality, and of their responsibilities, to operate effectively.
There are two parts to the test. The first part of the test will be verbal and you will be asked various routes between any two given locations around the City. All routes will be within the City of Newcastle upon Tyne boundaries. You will be expected to determine and describe the shortest possible route in distance between these two locations, and to name each road or street travelled upon on that route.
The second part of the test will also be verbal and you will be asked where various places are in the city. Please find below a list of various subjects you may be asked about.
- Hospitals & Medical Centres Social Clubs
- Pubs / Bars Churches
- Nightclubs & Other Licensed Premises Restaurants
- Civic Buildings & Places of Interest Culture
- Leisure & Sports Facilities Police Stations
- Supermarkets & Shopping Centres Libraries
- Customer Service Centres Hotels
- Halls of Residence
The Licence Fee must be paid prior to booking a locality test. If you fail to attend or do not pass the test a further non-refundable fee of £24 is payable for any subsequent tests.
If you wish to cancel or change your test date you must give at least three working days’ notice. If you fail to give three working days’ notice you will be charged for the replacement test. If you have any queries with your test booking please contact the Licensing Administration team on 0191 2783864.
A current DVLA Driving Licence must be produced at the time of test thereafter you should produce your current DVLA licence at every subsequent Locality Test.
The Private Hire Interview
The City Council Licensing Authority has decided to replace the topographical “locality test” with a new statement of knowledge and understanding.
Applicants will still be required to attend a one to one meeting with Licensing Officers though will now be briefed on matters deemed relevant to Private Hire Driver licensing, as opposed to the passing of the former topographical test.
The statement of knowledge and understanding will include an overview of:
- Relevant Legislation
- Authority expectation of licensed professional drivers
- Carriage of vulnerable and disabled passengers
- Medical criteria and notification to the Licensing Authority
- Offences (including motoring and illegal ply for hire), together with potential legal and licensing action
- Reporting of convictions
- Licensed Private Hire Vehicles – Outline of conditions, required standards and maintenance checks
Applicants are required to have good topographical knowledge of the City and surrounding areas. If good knowledge is not held by the applicant, the Officer will ask the applicant to rebook the interview once the topographical knowledge is held by the applicant.
Applicants must confirm that they understand all matters contained in the statement and will be required to sign a declaration to confirm this
The safeguarding and vulnerable passengers training course
The City Council Licensing Authority recognise that the ‘taxi trade’ play an important role as part of the public transport network within the City and given the nature of licensed driver work the Authority believes that licensed drivers are well placed to act as the eyes and ears within our local communities.
A pre-requisite of any licence grant will be the undertaking of safeguarding training to update and refresh your knowledge of the safety factors concerning licensed driver work and that of your passengers.
Safeguarding is ‘everybody’s business’ and the Council are committed to working in partnership with and supporting our local businesses to raise awareness. The purpose of the session is to give everybody an improved understanding of what might make a passenger vulnerable to abuse, what you could do if you were worried about the safety of a passenger, what to look out for and to feel confident and comfortable in reporting any concerns to relevant agencies. There is no associated cost (as this in incorporated in the application fee), though failed attendance (without prior notice) will result in a subsequent charge for re-booking.
You will be booked to attend the course on submission of the application.
If you wish to cancel or change the date you must give at least three working days’ notice. If you fail to give the required notice or fail to attend you will be charged £20.
You must declare all previous convictions including Cautions, Reprimands and Fixed Penalty Notices. Convictions for driving offences or criminal matters may require you to appear before the Regulatory & Appeals Sub-Committee who will make further determination. You will be advised of referral if required at the time of submitting your application.
Submitting your application
Your application must be submitted in person along with the relevant documentation to the Licensing Office.
The Licensing Office is open Monday - Friday 8am-3:30pm
To submit your Driver Application you will need to ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the office closing to allow enough time to process your application.
Did you know?
You need to apply for your Disclosure and Barring Service check BEFORE submitting your application to the Licensing Office.
To apply go to the Disclosure and Barring Service website (ensure you have read the guidance information before applying).
Your application must be submitted in person along with the relevant documentation to the Licensing Office.