All UK PCO vehicles licences are valid for duration of one year, these licenses are authorities by TFL in London, All Private Hire Vehicles are required to have valid license and ensure its renewal each year.
Applying for Private Hire Vehicle license:
- Ring (03432225555)the booking line to arrange for PCO inspection
- Take your vehicle for an MOT no more than 14 days before the inspection.
- Ensure your vehicles is insured and taxed on the day of the inspection.
- Take your MOT certificate, insurance certificate and logbook to the inspection sites
- If your car passes the inspection, you will be issued a license to allow you to use this particular vehicle for the Private Hire.
- Take a copy and give to your minicab/ PCO operator along with valid insurance to be able to carry on working with that specific vehicle.
PCO Inspection Centres
To book your Vehicle inspection ring:03432225555
These are the address for some of the inspection sites:
Watermill Business Centre
Unit 2, Aquarius Business Park, Staples Corner
Acorn Industrial Park
1 North Crescent
20A Airlinks Industrial Estate
Apply for your Private Hire Licence
Before applying please check out the PCO license eligibility criteria
- You have to be at least 21 years of age at the time of applying
- You must hold a driving licence for over 3 years.
- You must have the right to live and work in the U.K.
- You must undergo an enhanced CRB check to check if you have any criminal convictions
- You must be medically fit which means meeting the DVLA Group 2 standards.
- A person such as you doctor (GP) with access to your full medical history will conduct a medical examination.
Costs involved in getting you Private Hire driver’s license?
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- Application fee £250
- CRB online application £55
- CRB paper application £57
- Post Office Check and Send £7.15
- Medical check your will charge you a fees for the test
How long will it take to get a PCO license?
It takes about 2-3 months to get PCO / Private Hire license
You do not need MOT for brand new car when applying for Private Hire
Since November 2013, TfL does not require brand new car to carry out MOT when applying for PCO license
Changes to the CRB rules since August 2013
- London Taxi and Private Hire will no longer have automatic access to CRB information. London Taxi and Private Hire only gets the information when a driver applies for a new licence or renewal, is whether there is a ‘trace’ or ‘no trace’ on their CRB check
- ‘No trace’ means the license application can proceed without any problems.
- However where the CRB check throws up a ‘trace’ then London Taxi and Private Hire will write to the individual driver and ask for a copy of their CRB disclosure. It is the driver’s responsibility to send in their CRBs into London Taxi and Private Hire immediately to avoid delay in the license application.
Time taken to renew licence
With the changes in the CRB checks since August 2013, the whole process is likely to take longer to issue new /
renewal PCO driving licence. London Taxi and Private Hire will write to PCO drivers 4 months before their current licence runs out.
Imported cars applying for PCO licence
Vehicles which have been imported from outside the UK can be issued PCO licence as long as they meet the requirement set by TfL. Some requirements are that the car must be registered in the UK, less than 5 years old on the day of inspection, have Mph odometer and rear fog lights. These alterations must be in place and the MOT less than 14 days before presenting for inspection.
Getting PCO license for 2010 car
The requirements to PCO license a new car is that on the date of the inspection the car must be less than 5 years old. So you need to check on the v5 (logbook) of your vehicle what the 'Date of First Registration' was and then work out if it will be over the 5 year cut off.
If it less than 5 years old then you should be ok to get a PCO license as long as you get the MOT (less than 14 days) on the date of inspection and the minicab insurance to go with the car you will be able to get your car licensed for the first time as a minicab.