PCO Licence Requirements


Before you even consider requesting a PCO Licence Application Pack it’s worth checking to see if you meet the  PCO Licence requirements.


You must be at least 21 years of age and there are no exceptions to this rule. There is no upper age limit  provided you meet the other licensing requirements.


To ensure all PCO Licence Drivers are safe, honest and trustworthy they have to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure check from the DBS (Data & Barring Service)  before being licensed. Having a record won’t necessarily prevent you from being licensed  as it depends on the type of offence, how long ago it was and if there are any repeat offences. The PCO will also look at your driving licence to see if you have any driving convictions but again this won’t necessarily discount you from the application process. If in doubt please give us a call 020 3780 1055

Medical Fitness

Private Hire Drivers are professional drivers carrying passengers for hire and reward.  The PCO requires that you will need to have a similar medical check-up to those required for drivers of large goods vehicles, buses and coaches. These standards are based upon the DVLA Group 2 standard and you will need to book an appointment with a GP for this examination. We have access to TfL approved GP’s whom charge a flat rate of £80 for PCO Medical Checks.

It is difficult to cover all possibilities, but certain conditions such as epilepsy, poor eyesight, insulin treated diabetes and serious heart problems could result in an application being refused. If possible make this aspect your priority as soon as you get your application forms as an underlying condition could mean there is no point continuing with the remainder application process.

Route Finding Skills (Topographical Test)

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You won’t need the same “knowledge” and skills as a Hackney/Black Cab Taxi driver because Private Hire journeys are pre-booked so journeys can be planned.  However, you still need to demonstrate skills which allow you to plan a journey including map reading and route selection skills.You will have to provide evidence of a Topographical Test Certicate from an accredited topographical testing centre when sending back your application form. We have been proving Topographical Packages for a number of years now. The charge for training is £50 with no hidden costs. No matter what your background is or your learning abilities we are London’s most established and recognised company offering full PCO Licence Application Assistance.

Driving Ability

You must hold a full DVLA, Northern Ireland or European Economic Area (EEA) state driving licence and must have had the licence for at least 3 years. If you hold an EAA licence and are looking to remain in the UK for a number of years then why not exchange your license for a full UK Driving License. If you haven’t held these for the required amount of time then there will be no point in applying.

If  you meet the all the  above PCO Licence requirements and wish to get things moving please give us a call and speak to one of our advisors. We provide a Speedy Solution and will support you all the way.


English Language Requirement

You will need prove your ability to speak, listen, read and write in English. This can be done via submitting certain qualification certificates which for the record, don’t have to be an English Language subject. However, the qualification must have been conducted in English

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