Any vehicle used as a private hire vehicle in Wirral must first be licensed by Wirral Council.

Private hire vehicles can be a saloon car or a multi-purpose vehicle which carries a maximum of 8 passengers.

Vehicles must be pre-booked through an operator licensed by Wirral Council and driven by a private hire driver also licensed by Wirral Council.

All vehicles must pass a compliance test and MOT test at one of our authorised testing stations. Vehicles must meet the private hire vehicle criteria in order to pass the compliance test.



Once completed please contact the licensing office on 0151 691 8043 to make an appointment.

Documents required

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • V5C Vehicle Registration Certificate (log book) or proof of purchase for recently purchased vehicles
  • current MOT certificate (no more than 30 days old)
  • vehicle compliance test pass certificate (no more than 30 days old)
  • valid certificate of insurance (or cover note) which must include Private Hire use
  • licence fee

Processing and timescales

It is possible to obtain a vehicle licence within 24 hours, if all of the requirements are met.

Contact the licensing office on 0151 691 8043 if you require further information.

How do I report a problem?

Complete the taxi complaint form