What you need to do to apply.

Do I need a licence?

All operators who run a private hire business within Wolverhampton, where private hire bookings are taken must be licensed with City of Wolverhampton Council.

How much will it cost?

  • New operators licence (1 Year): £1,077
  • Renewal operators licence (1 Year): £785
  • Renewal operators licence (5 Years): £3,140

Small Operators - 4 or less drivers*

  • New operators licence (1 Year): £1,077
  • Renewal operators licence (1 Year): £150
  • Renewal operators licence (5 Years): £500

*Less than 4 drivers will be an ongoing requirement for the period of the licence otherwise a new licence will be required, attracting a new one-year fee.

How do I apply?

New Operators can apply as a Sole Trader or a Limited Company.

When you have submitted your online application form, you will receive an email acknowledgement.

A member of the Taxi Licensing team will contact you to take payment via the phone.

To process your application, we require:

  • Proof of right to work in the UK
  • Proof of DVLA Driver Licence&
  • Proof of all your current Private Hire Vehicle Operator Licences
  • Information from any previous authorities you have been licensed with
  • Current Basic DBS certificate – you can obtain one at Gov.uk. Or, an Enhanced DBS certificate if you already have one. 
  • Confirmation from Worcestershire County Council that you have attended our Private Hire Training Programme
Private Hire Training Programme Guidance note

This course is operated by Worcestershire County Council and lasts approximately 6 hours.

The driver assessment process consists of the following subject areas:

  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
  • CSE awareness
  • Modern Slavery
  • County lines
  • Face to face English assessment (followed by a recorded interview where there are any concerns)
  • Licence conditions
  • Vehicle conditions
  • The licensing process
  • Enforcement and compliance
  • Plying for hire
  • The Health Act 2006
  • Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Customer safety
  • Customer care
  • Disability awareness (Equality Act 2010)
  • Road and passenger safety
  • Personal safety

Providing we have received all the above documentation, your application is correct and complete, and subject to a clear DBS status and satisfactory responses from any previous or current Licensing Authorities, your licence will be granted.

Are you applying for a Private Hire Vehicle Operator Licence as a Sole Trader or Limited Company?

Please check the criteria below before proceeding to apply.

  • A Sole Trader is an individual person.

  • A Limited Company is a registered on Companies House and comprises of one or more Directors and/or Company Secretary

Private Hire Working Group

All licensed operators are invited to attend our scheduled working group meetings to discuss updates within the Private Hire sector and provide opportunities for you to add agenda items for discussion.

Renewal of Private Hire Vehicle Operators Licence

To renew a Private Hire Vehicle Operators Licence, please visit Renewal of Private Hire Vehicle Operators Licence.

Contact us

Should you require any further information regarding private hire operator licences, please email us.