Apply or renew a Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence.

Do I need a licence?

To drive a Hackney Carriage within Wolverhampton you must apply to us for a licence.

What legislation applies?

What are the conditions of the licence?

Applicants must have held a valid driving licence for a minimum period of 12 months. Then the following four processes need to be successfully completed before a licence can be granted:

Enhanced criminal record check

Applicants will need to complete an enhanced disclosure form which will be sent on to the Criminal Records Bureau.

Driver training and theoretical tests

A one day training course on issues such as customer care, disability awareness, licensing conditions and communication. This will culminate in a theoretical test and will require a good standard of written and verbal English.

Practical driving test

After successfully passing the driver training day, applicants will be tested on their driving ability, this test will last for one and a half hours.

Medical examination

The final stage of the application process is the completion of a medical examination.  This should only be done when instructed to do so. 

It is necessary to ensure that applicants meet the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) group 2 standards of medical fitness.  Information about fitness to drive is available from the DVLA.

How will my application be determined?

Applications must be submitted in person via a pre-arranged appointment. An assessment of the application will be made by a Licensing Officer who will take payment for the application.

Failure to complete any of the four application elements above may result in the applicant being referred to the Licensing Committee.

How much will it cost?

New applications will be issued for a 1 year period. Renewal applications can be issued for 1 or 3 year periods. 3 year renewals will require a further medical and CRB check as part of the application process.

For full details on our fees, see our Fee and Charges

How do I apply?

Apply online

You cannot currently apply and pay for your licence online:

Application form

Hackney Carriage Driver Renewal Application
Hackney Carriage Driver New Application

If you require more information please contact City Direct below.

Returning your application

You will need to make an appointment with us to return your application. Contact us via City Direct to make an appointment.

How long will it take you to process my application?

New Applications

We will process your application and tell you the outcome within 40 working days.


We will process your application and tell you the outcome within 28 working days.

Contact us

You can enquire at the Civic Centre reception desk (14) from Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm and Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.

To find out more about Hackney Carriage Driver Licences, contact us on:


Alternatively, please contact our Licensing Team providing as much information as you can to enable us to respond as quickly as possible.


City of Wolverhampton Council
Civic Centre
St Peters Square