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Grant Applications

Please do not contact the licensing office to chase your application.  For your security, application status enquiries will not be dealt with on the telephone.
Instead, log-in and check your status on the self-serve grant approval portal - the website where you applied for your grant.



News update - Changes for taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence applications and renewals from April 2022
New legislation from the government means that, from 4 April 2022, all taxi drivers, taxi operators, scrap metal dealers and scrap collectors will have a new requirement to prove to their licensing authority that they are registered for tax when they renew their licence.

You can find more information on News update - changes from April 2022


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Vehicle testing

All vehicles (whatever their age) must be tested and inspected to ensure they are mechanically fit and of good appearance before a licence can be granted (section 50 LGMPA).

We will conduct routine full fitness tests as listed below:

Vehicles from new and less than six years old – every 12 months
Vehicles six years old but less than ten years old – every 6 months
Vehicles ten years old and above – every 4 months
You can take your vehicle for a vehicle test up to 28 days prior to the expiry of the current vehicle test date without any loss of days on the existing vehicle
licence. The new vehicle licence commencement date will run consecutively to the expiring licence.

Vehicles that require testing must be tested at the Dudley taxi testing facility. The vehicle must be booked in for the test through the licensing office and under no circumstances will the vehicle be examined at the testing facility without a prior appointment.

A guide to private hire signage

Testing manual


The production of insurance is now accepted via verified email. An administration fee of £38.00 has been introduced in respect of late production of insurance where enforcement/admin action has been instigated and also a further fee of £39.00 to cover the administration charges of producing an amended licence if this is required by the driver.

Driver/ Operator

Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS)

All drivers will be required to undertake a new DBS check every three years.

This involves a search of your individual criminal record to establish whether you are a suitable person to drive members of the public. The DBS is a central organisation that deals with all checks of criminal records for the Council.

All operators are required to undertake a basic DBC check.

To apply for an online DBS, click on Dudley Online Disclosures 

If you are not taken directly to the "Start New Application" page, please click on "Start Application" in the orange box entitled "DISCLOSURE AND BARRING (DBS) APPLICATION" to enter the system and start your application.

Please note at the stage of the process your login details are case sensitive. You must select the orange box to start your application otherwise applications received that have not selected the orange box will be withdrawn and you will be required to start the application process again.

1. Enter the Organisation Reference of EXTERNALTAXI

2. A Password is NOT required

Once you have completed the online application you will need to make an appointment with an ID Checker in the Licensing Team who will check your identity as part of the DBS application.

More details about the DBS and their on-line application tracking service can be found on the GOV.UK.

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Medical certification

All drivers will have to undergo a medical examination to assess your fitness to drive a licensed vehicle. You must meet the required standard of fitness DVLA group 2.

All applicants are required to undertake a medical examination when they apply for their first licence.

All drivers aged between 19 and 45 will then be exempt from repeat medicals unless their medical condition changes and they are required to inform both DVLA and the Licensing Authority.

At age 45 a further examination should be undertaken, then every three years up to the age of 65.

Once the age of 65 is reached a medical examination will be undertaken every year.


Details of medical process will be provided on receipt of application

Knowledge test/ driving assessment

All new driver applicants are required to undertake a law and local knowledge test, along with a driving assessment. All new operators will also will be required to undertake a law and local knowledge test.

These tests are designed so that you understand what is expected of you as a licensed driver in Dudley.

A pack providing further details will be provided on application.