PCO Licence Application
If you think you fulfil the requirements for being a Licensed Private Hire Driver or Chauffeur in the London area then you should click on the following link to download the PCO Licence application forms.Alternatively, you will find all the answers to your questions on this website.
What will I get sent in the application pack?
- Envelope – This is to send your forms back but also has a handy checklist on the back make sure you’ve included all the right forms before you pop them in the post.
- PHV/203– This is the actual application form.
- PHV/204 – This is the Medical Declaration form which needs to be initially completed by you and then completed and stamped by your GP when you have your medical.
- PHV/207 – The outlines the fees and payment methods for your application.
- Topographical Skills Information Sheet– This details what you need for your topographical skills assessment.
- Post Office ‘Check and Send’ Service – If you are sending your application from a post office in the Greater London Area then you can pay £7 at the desk and they will check your application to see if it is completed correctly and that all the supporting documents have been included. The Post Office will also take your application fee.
- CRB Disclosure Form – This must be completed and will detail any criminal convictions you may have which could affect your job as a minicab driver. You can choose to do the the CRB check partly on-line and partly at the Post Office (www.tmgcrb.co.uk)
What do I need to send back?
Here’s what you need to include in your envelope
- PCO Licence application form (PHV/203) including your CRB reference number.
- Medical form (PHV/204) signed and stamped by your GP (doctor)
- Application Fee (PHV/207 – £250)
- A photocopy of your DVLA driving licence or EEA driving licence and GB counterpart
- A photocopy of your passport or other proof to show you have the right to live and work in the UK
- A photocopy of the certificate showing you have passed the topographical skills assessment test
- Passport photograph for your new licence
How long does it take to get my PCO licence?
It can take between 12 and 16 weeks for your application to be processed and it’s worth noting that renewal applications are always processed before the existing licence expires so there is no definite timescale to how long it takes. Just make sure that you’ve completed the forms as best as you can so that there are no hold-ups just because you didn’t fill in part of a form. Other delays can be put down to the wait for your CRB check as it’s not only minicab drivers who need to be checked, but teachers, nurses, etc.
Where is my application form? Where is my licence?
If you have waited 10 days and still not got your application form or if you sent your completed forms off months ago and want to keep track and know how your application is proceeding then please contact Transport for London using the details below:
Telephone: 0343222 4444 (08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday except Bank Holidays)
Fax: 020 3054 3160
What happens if my application is refused?
If you have met all the PCO licensing requirements, and completed your application form correctly, you will hopefully soon be the recipient of your PCO licence, but if this is not the case and your application is refused then you will be informed of this in writing by Transport for London (TfL) and the letter will include:
- Confirmation that your application has been refused.
- The reason for the refusal.
- Your right to appeal the decision which includes what you need to do to appeal and the time in which you have to do it.
You may simply have filled in your application form incorrectly but it could also be something more serious with perhaps something coming up in your CRB check . Read through the reason for the refusal and if you think you think this is the wrong decision then make sure you use your right of appeal, and make sure you do this as soon as possible.
Refund of application fees
If the refusal is upheld then you will only get a refund for the portion of your fee relating the to the ‘grant of licence’ which is £100 of the total £250 as the application fee and the CRB fees are non-refundable.
Want to know more?
All the information you need to complete your PCO licence application is on this website so please explore the rest of the site using the menu at the top of this page.