How to apply for a licence.

Do I need a licence?

All Hackney Carriage Vehicles within Wolverhampton must be licenced. Hackney carriages can pick up passengers on the street and at designated taxi ranks without a prior booking.

What are the conditions of the licence?

Before we grant a hackney carriage vehicle licence, we must satisfy ourselves that the vehicle is roadworthy, and a type approved vehicle.

All vehicles are inspected when a vehicle licence is applied for. We then periodically inspect your vehicle depending upon its age. Licences are issued for up to a year.

You must also hold a hackney carriage drivers licence to drive a hackney carriage vehicle.

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.

Vehicle inspections

Before we grant a hackney carriage vehicle licence, we inspect all vehicles to satisfy ourselves that it is mechanically suitable for use.

Frequency of inspections

Vehicle Age On Application 6 Months
0 to 10 years YES NO
10 to 16 years YES YES

How much will it cost?

For full details, see our Fees and Charges.

How do I apply?

Apply online

You cannot currently apply and pay for your licence online:

Application form

Hackney Carriage Vehicle License Application Form

Do I need to provide further information or evidence?

Returning your application

You will need to make an appointment to submit your application form. To do this contact us at the points below. You will be required to bring in the documents outlined in the application form

How long will it take you to process my application?

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 Vehicle licences, contact us on:


Aternatively, 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