Apply or renew a Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence.

In order to apply for a Hackney Carriage Drivers Licence, applicants must have held a valid UK driving licence for a minimum period of 12 months. As well as this, the following processes must be completed:

  • Enhanced (not basic) DBS certificate through TaxiPlus (, supported by City of Wolverhampton Council, and must not be dated later than 3 months before the date the application is made. If you have committed an offence overseas you should seek independent expert or legal advice to ensure that you provide information that is truthful and accurate when making your application
  • DVLA Driving Licence check via TaxiPlus (
  • Driver training and theoretical tests
  • Practical driving test
  • Medical examination – the medical form can be found under Downloads

From 1 April 2021, City of Wolverhampton Council will require all driver licence applicants purchasing an enhanced DBS certificate to subscribe to the DBS Update Service at a cost of £13 per year. The DBS certificate must be for an enhanced check for the position of ‘Other Workforce - Taxi Licensing

You have 30 days from the issue date on your certificate to apply for the Update Service.

Apply for the Update Service

If you do not subscribe to the Update Service and your licence is granted or renewed after 1 April 2021, you will be required to purchase a new DBS certificate every six months. Six monthly DBS checks are now required by the Department for Transport.  

Providing we have received all the above documentation and your application is correct and complete, you will receive a second email within 5 working days (10 working days for renewals) stating that your badges are ready for collection. Please note, if your DBS certificate or DVLA licence check reveals convictions for offences that are not clear of our guidelines (which you can view in the Downloads section), it may take longer than 5 working days to process your application.

Names on all documents must match and be spelt in the same way. If there are any discrepancies with the names on the documents then the application will not be able to be processed further until the documents have been rectified.

When will the process take more than 5 days?

Your 5-working day period will not begin until we are in receipt of correct and complete versions of all relevant documentation.

However, if we require further information from you to support your application, you will be contacted within 5 working days (10 working days for renewals).

Please do not contact licensing until 5 working days (10 working days for renewals) have passed since you made your application. If you have not received an email acknowledging receipt of your application form, please check the clutter/junk folder of your email account, as it may have been directed to there.

We are unable to provide progress updates over the telephone, but you can check the status of your application.

If 5 working days (10 working days for renewals) have passed since you submitted your application and you have not been contacted, please e-mail for driver licences or for vehicle licences, with your application reference number

Please note that if you wish to obtain your licence sooner than the timescale above we offer a 'Fast Track' application

See Fast Track procedure

Start standard application