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. New Hackney Carriage licences will only be granted to brand new vehicles.

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.

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 under Downloads.

How do I apply?

Apply online

You cannot currently apply and pay for your licence online:

Application form

The Hackney Carriage Vehicle License Application Form can be found under Downloads.

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, please email

How long will it take you to process my application?

We will process your application on the day of your appointment.

Contact us

To find out more about Hackney Carriage Vehicle licences, please email:

Renewal Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence

Existing Hackney Carriage drivers will receive an appointment in the post to renew their Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence prior to the licence expiring.

However, please note that Licensing Services are not obliged to do this; therefore the onus is on the driver to ensure they submit a renewal prior to the expiry of their licence.

If you have not received your renewal appointment, please email advising us of this.