PCO (Private Hire Driver Licence) (2023)

The PCO Private Hire Licence allows holders to legally provide minicab hiring services in the United Kingdom. The PCO Licence also allows you to become an Uber driver.

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PCO Private Hire Driver Licence


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21 years, Right to work in UK, DBS Check, Pass tests: Topographical, Medical, English


Topographical Test;


Enhanced DBS Check
  • TfL Provider: GBGroup
  • Cost: £60
Medical Test
  • Medical standards: DVLA Group 2
  • Cost: £80
Topographical Test
  • Find accredited test centre
  • Cost: £75
Becoming an Uber driver
  • Sign up online - www.uber.com
  • Submit application documentation
  • Have approved Uber vehicle
  • Attend Uber Ignition' session

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What is the PCO Licence?

Are you looking to get licensed and work as adriver?Getting your PCO Licence is the first step towards working a new career where you can enjoy freedom of chosing when to work.

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We makegetting your PCOlicence a simple, stress-free process

The PCO Licence,also known as the Private Hire DriverLicence, allows you to workas a minicab driver or chauffer, including working as an Uber driver.

The PCO licenceis valid for 3 years and is issued by the PCO(Public Carriage Office),who are part of Transport for London (TfL).

Apply for your PCO Licence using the officialTFL application form.


To be eligible for a PCO Licence:

✅ You need tobe at least 21 years old

✅ Must have UK driving licencefor 3 years

✅ Have a validCriminal RecordCheck (DBS) check.

✅ Complete a medical examination,

✅ Complete the Topographical Skills Assessment

✅Take the English Language test.

EEA Driving LicenceException: You can also apply using a full clean and validEEA driving licencethat you have held for 3 years. Don't forget to submit the UK counterpart.

How do I apply for a PCO Licence?

Applying for a PCO Licence can seem complicated,but is actually quite straightforward. All you need to do is follow the steps below:

CompleteCriminal (DBS) Check

As part of the applicationprocess, you need to prove that you are someone of "good character". To do this, you will need to complete an enhancedDBS Check.

This can cost around £60.

Pass Medical Test

To obtain your PCO Licence, you will need to be declared medically fit according to DVLA Group 2 Standards. The criteria includesreaction times, hearing tests and checking for other serious health conditions. You can complete a your medical test with your GP or other health professionals who have complete access to your records.

This can cost around £80.

Pass Topographical Skills Assessment

The Topographical Skills assessment ensuresyou are able to use an A-Z Guide to locate places, as well as to plan routes (of varying distance)from one point to another. You will need to obtain your certificate froman accredited test centre.

Find out more about the topographical skills assessment and how to book at a TfL-approved centre on the TfL Website

Topographical Assessment with Uber

If you wish to be become an Uber driver you will have an option of taking your topographical assessment at the Uber Ignition Centre which is based in London.

This can cost £50 per applicant.

Pass English Language Test

The standard of English required is not advancedand equivalent to early secondary school.You will need to take a test with one of TfL’s approved language test providers.

Note - Inmany cases, your academicqualifications (such as GCSEs)can exempt you from having to take the English language test.

Click here for more information to find out if your standard of English is deemed acceptable.

Complete theapplication form on the TfL Website

Visitthe official TfL website and beginthe application process for your PCO Licence. You can also sign up online and request apaper application.

Do I need training for a PCO Licence?

There is no specific training course for the PCO Licence, however you can receive assistance with 2 aspects: the English test and the topographical skills test. Some providers will offer training and assessment for both of these areas.

Cost of the PCO Licence

There are several differentcosts associatedwith the PCO Livcence. For instance, there is a cost for starting an application and another for taking the required medical test.

✏️Note: The total cost to get a PCO Licencecould be up to £700.Costs can vary depending on your choice of provider. E.g. some medical tests can cost more than others.

How to renew your PCO Licence

Your PCO Licence is valid for 3years. To assist you, the Public Carriage Office (PCO) will send youyour renewal forms a few weeks before theexpiration date of your licence.

Don't wait too long!

It takes a few weeks for PCO Licence application to be processed. If you wait more than 3 months after your PCO Licence has expired, you will no longer be eligible for a renewal and be treated as anew applicant.

Becoming an Uber Driver with a PCO Licence

Benefits of becoming an Uber Driver

For many people in the UK, using an Uber is preferred over the traditional black cabs or private taxi services. Working for Uber offers freelance and flexible hours for drivers and is used by millions of passengers in the UK with an average of 3.5 million users in London alone.

Make as much money as you want

Being an Uber Driver is a quick and easy way to make money, with a lot of drivers actually earning a full time living as an Uber Driver.

Set your own schedule

You will be able to drive at times that work for you, whether that’s before or after another job or on your weekends off.

Easy and user-friendly app

The Uber app is as easy as just a tap and go. You’ll get turn-by-turn directions, suggestions to help you make more, and 24/7 support.

To find out more about becoming an Uber Driver, please visitOfficial Uber Website.

Tip: You can work for multiple operators at the same time, not just Uber.

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The minimum requirements of becoming an Uber Driver

There are certain requirementsthat you must need in order to be eligible to drive with Uber This includes:

  • You must have a valid driving licence(if you have an EU one, it has to be converted to a UK licence)
  • You need to be at least 21 years old
  • Depending upon the area in which you are based, you will need a certain number of years driving experience in order to qualify

✏️Note: You will need to provide the following documents in order to drive with Uber as part of your application.

✅ National Insurance Number

✅ Electronic Counterpart Code

✅ Private Hire Paper licence

✅ Original UK Plastic Driving Licence

✅ Private Hire Insurance Certificate

✅ MOT that has been issued within the past 6 months

✅ Logbook

Do you need training to be an Uber Driver?

Before you officially begin driving with Uber you will need to attend an Uber Ignition' session.

This is basically a free half-day information session where you will learn about what it will be like to work for Uber.

The Uber Ignition' session can take up to four hours and involves the following:

  • Training for the maps test
  • Guidance on how to get your health and background check
  • Advice on obtaining insurance
  • Guidance on how to apply for your private hire licence (if you haven’t already got one)

What vehicle will you need to become an Uber driver?

As you'll be driving people around in your own vehicle, you'll need to make sure it's up to the standards Uber requires. Your car needs to be under five years old, and should comfortably seat between four and eight people.

The approved list of accepted cars if you want to become an Uber driver in the UK can be found on the Official Uber Website.

How much can you make as an Uber Driver?

On average Uber drivers could make around £565 for a 35-45-hour week which on average works out at roughly £15 per hour. This also includes tips which can be granted by the passenger via the app.

✏️Uber charges 25% commission for each ride.

Uber drivers get paid on a weekly basis. The money goes directly into your bank account along with an invoice detailing all the trips.


The pco licence allows you to workas a private hire vehicle minicab driver or chauffer.It is also known as the Private Hire DriverLicence. PCO stands forPublic Carriage Office - they are part of Transport for London (TfL).

If you wish to work for a licensed private hire operator as a driver or chauffer, it is a legal requirement for you to hold a valid pco license.

There is no simple answer. The TfL applicationcost for thePCO Licenceis£250. Then you need to factor in other elements of the application form. Thisincludes DBS criminal record checks, English Language, Medical andTopographical tests. The estimated total, as reported by TfL (the Licensing Authority) is around £700.

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The PCO Licence is valid for3years. Public Carriage Office (PCO) will send youyour renewal forms a few weeks before theexpiration date of your licence to give you a hand. If you wait more than 3 months, you will need to re-apply from scratch.

Having a basic level of Englishis a requirement for the PCO Licence. TfL approveISE I (B1) andIELTStests to show your level.Please note, you are exempt from this if you have anyof the following qualifications in certificate form: GCSE, AS Level or A-levels, University Degrees and so on. For the full list of exemptions, click here.

As part of your PCO Licence application, you need to prove that you are medically fit to drivethrough a medical test. The test will check your reactions, coordination, memory and so on. See more on:DVLA Group 2 medical standards. To takethe test, you can contact your GP or book with an external centre(provided they have access to your full medical history). TfL advises that the cost is around £80. The test resultis only valid for 6 months, so make sure you apply before it expires.

You need to pass the Topographical Skills assessment to complete your PCO Licence application.The test ensuresyou are able to use an A-Z Guide to locate places, as well as to plan routes (of varying distance)from one point to another.

Yes. With the PCO Licence, you are able to work for private operators as a driver, this includes working as a driver for Uber.

You must be at least 21 years old to be an approved Uber driver.

An Uber drive can earn on average £15 per hour. This also includes tips.

You'll need to have the correct insurance when working as an Uber driver, and even if you're already insured to drive your vehicle, you may not be covered to use your vehicle for work or business use, so check your documentation.

Price comparison sites such asCompare the MarketorCompare.comcan help you find a good deal if you need to change your vehicle insurance.

Uber will pay you weekly, usually on a Thursday, and it calculates the amount of fares you've taken between 4am on a Monday and 3:59am the following Monday.

Yes. You'll need to either rent or buy an Uber-approved vehicle. This can be done via the Uber Marketplace, which helps you find vehicles to drive.

There are no hours or shifts, Uber drivers can turn on the app whenever they want and can decide when they want to drive.

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You can use your own phone and sat nav if you already have both. However, you can pay £5 per week to obtain a company phone and a sat nav. This includes phone, data charges and repairs. This option is also covered by insurance if the phone or sat nav gets damaged.

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What happens if you fail Seru assessment? ›

SERU is about everything you should know about being a driver. However, if you fail (60% pass mark), TfL will assume that your English isn't sufficient as you were unable to read the Drivers Handbook and understand it – so your licence will be revoked.

Can I apply for PCO Licence with 6 points? ›

If you have points on your licence, it will not necessarily stop you from applying and getting your PCO licence as it depends on what the conviction was for, the sentence imposed and how long ago it was.

How long does a PCO license take to get? ›

How long does it take to get the PCO licence? It generally takes between 12-16 weeks for your PCO application to be fully processed.

Can you fail an assessment and still get the job? ›

Yes you can still get the job. If you failed the assessment, You should ask for a lower position , learn all that you can and move your way up. A lot of managers started as janitors or cashiers.

What is the pass mark for topographical test? ›

There are a total of 100 marks available and candidates must score 60 or more to pass. All assessments are subject to a two step marking procedure.

How much do PCO drivers earn? ›

An average PCO driver earns around £20,000 to £30,000 per year. On the other hand, the average rate per hour of a UK-based PCO car is £9 to £15, which can boost up to £18 to £25 based on certain factors such as driving on Saturday evenings, bank holidays, or peak hours.

How long does topographical test results? ›

2) When you undertake your test on average you need to wait about 2 weeks for your test results from TFL, if you have failed you need to book another test which could take another 2 weeks for a date, then wait another 2 weeks for those test results.

Who is exempt from topographical test? ›

PHV drivers are required to undertake a topographical skills assessment unless they can prove to TfL that they should be exempt from this requirement (a concession). One such concession is for individuals who can provide TfL with evidence of a relevant vocational qualification in road passenger transport.

Do I need PCO for Uber? ›

The most important document that you need to work as an Uber driver is a PCO licence, which is technically called a Private Hire Licence (PHL).

Can I apply for PCO before 3 years? ›

Driving Ability

In order to be issued a PCO Licence, the applicant must have held a full licence for a minimum of three years (for UK licences, this includes the 2 year probationary period). TfL will not consider granting a PCO Licence until the applicant has held it for 3 years.

Can I get PCO with criminal record? ›

Having a criminal record doesn't instantly disqualify you from getting licensed but if you do have any previous convictions then they will be assessed on a case by case basis using the following criteria: Nature of the offence(s) Circumstances in which any offence was committed. Circumstances of the individual ...

Can I be a taxi driver with 9 points? ›

Any driver accumulating nine or more penalty points will receive a warning that incurring additional points is likely to result in the loss of their taxi licence.

Can I do Uber with 6 points? ›

According to the last Uber requirements, they do not accept drivers with more than 6 points on their licence...

Can I drive with 12 points? ›

If you reach 12 points on your licence, this is classed as “totting up”. When you tot up to 12 or more points on your licence, you automatically fall to be disqualified for 6 months. You will have to go to court for this offence.

How do I pass my assessment? ›

Assessment training
  1. Do assessment exercises. Components such as personality tests and interviews can also be practiced. ...
  2. Prepare interviews. ...
  3. Know your work values and motivation. ...
  4. Conduct a personal SWOT analysis. ...
  5. Do not make avoidable errors. ...
  6. Do not underestimate it. ...
  7. Know your rights and obligations.

Do employers look at assessments? ›

Companies use assessment tests to make good hiring decisions, often during the early parts of the interview process. Assessment tests save employers time when hiring, ensure they hire the most qualified employees and minimize the time and money spent training new hires.

What are things to avoid in doing assessment? ›

What Mistakes Do Quality Assessments Avoid?
  • Too many multiple-choice questions.
  • Including 'spoilers. '
  • Using questions with no identifiable purpose.
  • Unintentional question redundancy.
  • Using unweighted rubrics.
  • Rubric dimensions that address what students did.
  • Using a single grade to reflect mastery of multiple standards.

How do I pass a TfL topographical test? ›

How to get ready for the TfL topographical test
  1. Section 1: Use indexes to identify points/locations.
  2. Section 2: Use a map to identify directions and points/locations.
  3. Section 3: Plan a route between two locations.
  4. Section 4: Demonstrate knowledge of compass points within directional-based questions.
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What are the three main types of topography? ›

Some of them include landforms, textures, and elevations. When you look at the topography around you, you might notice landforms, textures or elevations. Landforms are patterns made by the shape of the earth's surface and they can be anything from mountains to valleys and plains.

How do you read topographical? ›

How to Read a Topo Map - YouTube

How old can a PCO car be? ›

Any vehicle, which has been licensed prior to April 2012, can remain licensed for up to 10 years from the manufacture date (subject to a yearly renewal). These vehicles will also have to pass the Euro 4 emission standard.

Do PCO drivers have to wear a seatbelt? ›

the passengers. vehicle to guide the passengers and to help them with their luggage. This rule applies to all licensed taxi drivers plying for hire, or those carrying passengers. The same rule is not for taxi passengers and they always have to wear seatbelts.

How long does a PCO Licence last? ›

Once your PCO licence is issued, it will be valid for three years.

What is next step after passing topographical test? ›

Once the test is completed, you will be notified of the results after some days. When a PCO driver candidate passes their test, they will be taken to complete the remaining procedures. Following this, they will receive the PCO license after a few weeks. The entire process, from start to finish, can take up to 16 weeks.

How accurate is a topographical survey? ›

Industry guidelines state that topographical reports should be accurate to within 0.3mm RMSE (root-mean-square error), that is to say that the fine detail on the drawing will be within this level of tolerance.

How long is the TfL topographical test? ›

You must score at least 60 out of 100 to pass. This sounds high but it's only slightly more than half the marks. If you stay calm and use the full two hours carefully, you should get the test result you need to pass.

Is my car eligible for PCO? ›

What car can I use for PCO driving? To get a PHV licence, your car must meet the following criteria: Euro 6 petrol or diesel engine, or a Euro 4 petrol-hybrid engine. Four independently opening doors.

Who is exempt from PCO medical? ›

Applicants may be exempt from completing a medical form as part of their application if they: Hold a DVLA Group 2 licence (full or a provisional licence issued since January 1998) Have an active application with us, have completed our medical test and are under the age of 45**

Which English test is required for TFL? ›

Anyone who applies for a new PHV driver's licence on or after 1 April 2023 will be required to take and pass both the English language speaking and listening test and SERU assessment before they can be licensed.

Can a lady do Uber driver? ›

If you're a woman or non-binary driver-partner, you now have more choice in how you earn on the Uber app. We recognise the unique challenges that can impact earning opportunities for women and want to help unlock these barriers, to allow you to achieve your own financial goals.

Who needs a PCO licence? ›

The PCO Licence, also known as Private Hire Vehicle Drivers Licence is essential to work as a mini cab driver or a Chauffeur. No operator will hire you without one. Minicab drivers and Chauffeur drivers are both licensed in the same way and make the same application, the PCO Licence.

How much do Uber drivers make? ›

Average Uber Driver Earnings. The average Uber driver earns between $8.55 and $11.77 per hour. Those figures will vary when influenced by the factors we have discussed, such as the particular Uber service provided, Uber's pricing schematics, and the number of hours worked in total by the driver.

What is a disqualifying offence? ›

A disqualifying offence is any offence against a law of the Commonwealth where the penalty for the offence is imprisonment for two years or more.

What are the disqualifying convictions? ›

Disqualifying convictions are selected under the following criteria: Any convictions directly related to terrorism. Convictions that may be inappropriate for someone working in the aviation industry (e.g. immigration offences) Convictions over which someone could be subject to undue influence/coercion.

Does UK check criminal record? ›

Employers can check your criminal record no matter what role you apply for. This is called a Disclosure and Barring Service ( DBS ) check. For certain roles an employer can request a more detailed DBS check, for example if you'll be working with children or in healthcare.

Can you pass a module if you fail an assignment? ›

Failed Module Element

If you've failed one piece of coursework or an exam, it may not be necessary to re-submit that element. If your marks for other module elements are high enough that your averaged course mark is 40 or above, you will pass the module overall regardless of the one failure.

What happens if I fail a uni module? ›

you must repeat the modules that you failed. you may be excluded from further study and you may not continue.

What happens if I fail a module Open University? ›

If you're not successful in passing your module, you won't be able to re-submit your assignments, but you may be offered the opportunity to resit your exam or submit another end-of-module assessment.

What happens if I fail a module ARU? ›

If you fail a module you will be given a resit, this will be at the next assessment point and depending on where you are in your studies you may be able to do this without additional teaching.

Is it 40% to pass a module? ›

A pass mark for undergraduate students is 40% and for postgraduate students it is 50%.

Do you need to pass all assessments to pass a module? ›

What are the requirements for passing a module? You must complete all specified assessment to the standard required in the module specification and regulations. For example, some modules will require you to get a specific mark in the coursework element in order to pass.

Can I graduate with one failed module? ›

Failing a module can be the reason you will not graduate. However, you can explore several options to ensure that you don't perform poorly in any module or exam. For instance, you can re-sit the module or retake it in the following academic year.

Do I have to pass all my modules in first year? ›

Depends on the School tbh but the general idea is: Fail one module and there is a viva regarding your progress, profs will decide what happens. If your percentage is above 50% usually you will have no issues and there is a chance you won't even have to resit. If your grade is lower than 50% you will have to resit.

How many modules do I need to pass first year? ›

Minimum number of modules: You need to pass a minimum of 36 credits in your first year of study and then 48 credits in your second and further years of study.

Can you graduate with a failed module UK? ›

If your uni has the same system, then even if you fail your exam resit you will probably pass the year and graduate (so long as you achieve a paltry 25% for the module).

What happens if you fail a compulsory module? ›

If the module is a compulsory requirement of your programme, you will be required to retake the module you have failed. Please note, if you do not successfully pass the compulsory module on the second attempt you will be required to withdraw from the course.

What happens if you fail 3rd year of uni UK? ›

You are only allowed to progress to the next level of the course if you have passed enough modules. If you have failed several modules, you may need to re-take the year. This may have financial and funding implications and could affect your visa (if applicable).

Does the Open University accept everyone? ›

Basically, open universities tend to accept any student, with no age limits and no prior education requirement. In some open universities, students cannot complete a degree, but the credits they earn can then be transferred towards an academic degree.

What is a first attempt resit? ›

If you missed the first exam entirely due to illness, or the university has accepted you performed poorly because of extenuating circumstances, your resit will be granted "first-attempt" status. This means you'll be able to score on it exactly as you would have for the first exam.

How do you pass a resit exam? ›

Why not give yourself the confidence boost you need by making sure that you are as prepared as you can be?
  1. brief notes based on lecture slides and other materials.
  2. answers to previous year's exams.
  3. answers to specific questions.
  4. case studies with answers to specific questions.
  5. case study analysis without any questions.

Are retakes capped at 40? ›

If you resit a module (pass at the second attempt), your overall module mark will be capped at 40%. If you have not submitted for any assessment component, you must resit that assessment component. If you have not met the threshold component mark for any assessment component, you must resit that assessment component.


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