Private Hire Licences

The government has released its response to the Report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing - follow the link to read the full report.

Some newspapers have led with sensationalist headlines heralding changes that may affect drivers livelihoods and this could be very worrying for drivers. Nothing is going to happen immediately. The changes that are being suggested, in the main, are what the Council already require. One of the areas of concern for many of the 'out of area' drivers is the proposal to introduce a requirement that journeys begin and end in the same licensing authority area the licence was issued. The Government have said they will explore this issue further, no formal proposal is included on this issue and it is likely to require new legislation.  It is therefore unlikely that there will be any changes in the near future. Any legislative changes are also likely to include a long transition period.

Transfer or Replacement of Vehicle
Transfer of Vehicle

You no longer need an appointment to transfer a vehicle Licence from ONE Wolverhampton Licensed driver to another .

You can attend Monday – Friday 9am – 16.00pm avoiding 12 -1pm to transfer the remaining time on the vehicle licence to the new keepers name.

PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW ADDRESS - You will need to attend the City of Wolverhampton Council, Hickman Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV1 2HE.

There will be a £25.00 fee when you attend, either the new or old keeper can pay this.

We do not need to see the vehicle for this appointment.

We will require both the new keeper and old keeper to attend the appointment. We will require a new Insurance Certificate and New Keeper Slip/Log Book in the new owners name, we require you to bring the original documents.

Replacement of Vehicle

Replacing your currently licensed vehicle?

You need to submit a renewal application online here. You must include your Private Hire badge number so we can identify it is a renewal.

The applicant must be the same individual on the old and new vehicle applications.

We will fast-track your application for free, if there are 6 calendar months or more remaining on the current vehicle. We will start to process online applications within 2 working days.

You must submit the following within 10 working days of the application:

  • an MOT certificate

  • log book or new keeper slip

  • a valid insurance certificate for the new vehicle

You must pay the licence fee online. Please see charges as per the age of the vehicle, below:

  • under 10 years old - £185

  • 10 - 12 years - £299 for a 1-year licence and £169 for a 6-month licence

Please ensure you check your emails including any junk and spam folders for a response.

Mandatory Child Sexual Exploitation / Safeguarding training sessions

The following resolution was made at the City of Wolverhampton Council Licensing Committee meeting on 12th July 2017.

All drivers will have had to have attended a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)/Safeguarding course by the time of their next badge renewal. That child sexual exploitation training is mandatory for all private hire licence holders and that all current drivers, who have not yet undertaken the training, must undertake the training within one year of the date of the decision of the Licensing Committee.  Should a driver fail to do so their badge will not be renewed.

If you have already attended a course after 25th September 2015 then you will not be required to attend the safeguarding course.