PCO Licence Information

Licence: Private Hire Drivers Licence
Area: London
Valid for: 3 Years
Authority: Transport for London
Total Costs: from £517 – £847

PCO Licence Cost Breakdown

There are several different costs to getting your PCO Licence, some are a must as they are fees.   Then there are costs that are “if applicable” and others that are optional costs.  We have broken them down into the order you will need to pay these fees in the table below.

Must pay fees

These fees are almost unavoidable, you will in most cases have to pay these to get your PCO licence.

  • Step 1:

    Enhanced CRB Check

  • Cost:


  • Where to pay:

    Post Office

Important Information:
This is the first step as the CRB is often the main reason why an application gets delayed, so it’s best to start early.  The application is submitted online by us or you, then payment needs to be made at the Post Office with 28 days of completing the application form.

  • Step 2:

    Medical Check

  • Cost:

    £80 avg.

  • Where to pay:

    At your GP surgery

Important Information:
Yes, it must be your own GP, learn more about the PCO Medical here, if you have a Blue Badge from being a bus or lorry driver, you will not need a medical as your blue badge would have required you to pass a medical already. Also keep in mind, that from our own experience we have found that majority GP surgeries charge around £80.

  • Step 3:

    PCO Licence Application Fees

  • Cost:


  • Where to pay:

    Online via TfL

Important Information:
The payment must be made iImmediately after application. Keep in mind you cannot complete the TfL application until you have completed your medical check and CRB Check.

  • Step 4:

    Topographical Skills Test

  • Cost:


  • Where to pay:

    TfL Authorised Test Centre

Important Information:
You can only book your Topographical Skills Test after TfL has processed your application and invited you to book the test, which takes about 2-4 weeks. Note: This one can also be on an “If applicable” basis, as some drivers may have other qualifications that make them exempt, but from our experience TfL accept these at their discretion and in most cases you may still need to do the TfL Topographical Skills Test.

Optional or "If applicable" fees

Fees you can avoid if you already have the required documents or pass the criteria.

  • Step 5:

    English Language Requirement

  • Cost:

    £180 – £200

  • Where to pay:

    Trinity or IELTS Test Centre via Online Booking

Important Information:
This one is optional, if you already have qualifications you will not need to do any additional tests providing you have the certificates to prove this. Learn more about the TfL English Language Requirements.

  • Step 6:

    Application Help

  • Cost:


  • Where to pay:

    Online via us – Apply Now

Important Information:
If you want to get everything done with our careful guidance, you may choose to buy our application & CRB service and our team will help you complete all the forms, stay in touch with you every step of the way and make sure your application process is smooth.

  • Step 7:

    Topographical Skills Training

  • Cost:


  • Where to pay:


Important Information:
Pay online and get instant access to our online topographical skills training. As you only get 2 chances to pass the topographical skills test, it is wise to prepare. We offer online training which you can do at your own pace and it covers all the things you need to learn and practice to successfully pass the actual topographical skills test.

Are there any other costs to getting my PCO Licence?

You can incur additional costs due to different situations. We can help you determine these costs on our initial communication with you.