4. Apply for a private hire vehicle driver's licence

You must hold a licence issued by Transport for London (TfL) if you want to work as a private hire vehicle (PHV) driver in London.

Request an application pack from TfL.


To apply for a PHV licence you must:

  • be at least 21 years of age
  • have held a full Great Britain (GB), Northern Ireland (NI) or European Economic Area (EEA) driving licence for at least 3 years
  • have the right to live and work in the UK
  • have an enhanced criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • have a medical examination with your doctor
  • take a topographical (route finding) skills test

You must to include the fees when you submit your application.