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 are required to attend a meeting with the Licensing Section Leader via telephone

The aims of the meeting are:

  • To establish an understanding of your business needs, the operation you are/intend to be running and what our expectations are from our operators.
  • Explain how our business relationship with our operators work and the services we can provide to assist in your operation.
  • Set out the councils requirements for licensed Private Hire Drivers / Vehicles / Operators.
  • To assist in the application process.
  • Provide a walkthrough of our cutting-edge online driver and vehicle application process.

To book a meeting with Licensing Services, please complete our 'Limited company or Sole trader information' web form

Book a meeting

Renewal of Private Hire Vehicle Operators Licence

You will be emailed 1 month before your operator's licence is due to expire advising you how to submit your renewal application. However, if you have not received or cannot find your email, then please see below.

Please complete the application web form for the renewal of your Private Hire Vehicle Operators Licence. Please provide a current satellite office rental agreement (if cross-bordering).  

You are required to submit your renewal application via email 10 working days prior to the expiry of your Licence.

Once the application has been received and processed, a member of the Licensing Team will contact you for payment via telephone within 2 working days; only card payments are accepted over the telephone. If you wish to pay using an alternative method such as BACs then please state so in your email.

We will not issue a renewal application until a completed signed and dated application form, payment, and a current satellite office rental agreement (if applicable) are received.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that you must renew your licence prior to the expiry otherwise Wolverhampton licensed vehicles cannot be operated by you once the licence has expired.

Renew your Licence

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.

Contact us

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