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Wolverhampton Taxi Badge: How long does the entire process take?

People who are applying for the Wolverhampton taxi badge need to undergo a specific procedure to get the taxi badge. When someone wants to apply for the badge the most important question is how long it takes. So, when will I start earning my money back from the licence.

In order to answer this, I will break down each aspect of the application process and how long each bit takes. Also, how to best speed the process up. Make sure you check out our blog on the full process of the Wolverhampton taxi badge application.

1) The Wolverhampton Taxi medical

The best place to do this is with a reputable company like Simply Medicals who can normally get you in within a week, sometimes on the same day. If you go to your own GP, you could be paying over £100 and waiting for weeks.

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2) The DBS and licence code check

You must have a valid DBS for the duration of your licence. As you will be a taxi / private hire driver, this needs to be an enhanced DBS.

The official taxi plus website states their average turnaround time is 2 weeks. I would advise doing this first so you can verify the documents they need, and this happens in the background.

3) The Taxi assessment Programme

This you may find to be the rate limiting step in your Wolverhampton taxi badge application. Due to the changes in the law in 2015, people who have a Wolverhampton Taxi badge can drive elsewhere in the country.

You can apply through the Worcester Council website as they are providing the course for the Wolverhampton council.

This has led to an influx of applications and naturally, a longer wait time for assessments.

What is the best way to book the taxi assessment programme?

In most cases you can book a slot within the next few weeks. However, just like the driving theory test. Cancellations do come up. They can come up at any time during the day.

How are the council releasing the slots?

I have been told by drivers who have been to the course that the instructors release slots randomly throughout the day. So, there is no actual set time they are releasing them. You need to be quick and keep refreshing the page to find a slot.

I have had people wait for weeks just to get a booking and some drivers who have managed to get in within a week. It depends on how determined and quick you are.

Once you have completed the assessment your certificate is sent to you within a few days. Usually, online.

4) The Wolverhampton Taxi Badge Application

As drivers are applying from all over the country, it is taking exceptionally longer for the council to process new driver applications.

Previously, they had written it takes up to thirty working days. However, the council website has changed this to up to 8 weeks. However, they have not guaranteed this.

In order to ensure your application is processed fast you should ensure all of your images of your documents are clear and there are no discrepancies in the application. e.g., different addresses on your licence compared to the application and DBS.

This will ensure that when your application reaches the front of the queue, it will be processed quickly.

Conclusion

The Wolverhampton taxi badge is a fantastic way to earn money. It will take you at least 2 weeks before the application to get the right documents for the application. Once your application has been submitted it can take up to 8 weeks.

Top Tip:

Apply for the DBS early and keep refreshing the taxi assessment booking page throughout every working day to maximise your chances of getting a cancellation.

Ultimately, It all starts with your Taxi Medical.

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