Any person who wishes to work as a Hackney carriage driver is required by law to hold a licence, issued by Wirral Council.

The criteria for determining applications is included in the policy for licensing of Hackney carriage and private hire drivers.

All applicants should read this policy before submitting an application.



To apply please send a request for an application pack to [email protected] with your full name and postal address.   

We will send you an application form and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) form. Once completed please contact the licensing office on 0151 691 8043 to make an appointment.

Documents required

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • a completed application form
  • a completed DBS form
  • driving licence (photocard and code, or paper driving licence)
  • 3 forms of ID e.g. passport, utility bill, bank statement, birth certificate
  • application fee

Since 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence isn’t valid and is no longer issued by DVLA. Applicants must now provide a code to licensing in order to share their driving licence. The DVLA website provides guidance on how to generate your code and further information about the changes.

Applicant requirements

Before a licence is granted, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Advice regarding the application process and criteria can be provided at your initial appointment.

Processing and timescales

The process will take several weeks as it involves completing a number of forms and checks.

How do I report a problem?

Complete the taxi complaint form

Wirral Council Enforcement Policy

Hackney carriage fares