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How to Apply for a PCO Licence

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This article today will be talking about applying for a PCO licence. Anyone thinking of applying should know that there is a process which needs to be followed.

Find a checklist for applying for the PCO licence. Once you have this licence then you can start making money on your hours.

  • The first thing to do is to register online. Once you are registered online with the TfL then they have your details and they can contact you if there is any issue with your application.
  • You need to give a photo with the application. Here are some pointers from the TfL about how the photo should look.

Your photograph must:

  • Be taken against a clear, neutral coloured background with no other objects or people
  • Be coloured, clear and in sharp focus
  • Be a recent photograph (taken in the last 12 months)
  • Not be torn, creased, or markedPlease make sure:
  • Your face is not marked or obstructed with a staple or cello tape
  • You are facing forward and looking straight at the camera (no selfies
  • You present a full head shot from top of hair to bottom of neck
  • Your eyes are open and clearly visible (no sunglasses or tinted glasses and no hair across the eyes)
  • You show your full face, without any head coverings, unless worn for religious beliefs

The next step is to undertake a Disclosure and Barring service check.

You will then need to go to your local GP to undergo a medical exam and make sure that you are medically fit and able to drive. You can find the specifics located here

After all that is completed you will need to pay the fee for the application, we have provided a sample PCO license fee for you below.

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PCO driver applicants are also required to take a topographical test. This is where you will get given an atlas and told me go to certain areas. You will have to write this down and then after this is done the topographical part of the test will be finished. It is pretty simple and as long as you know how to read an atlas then it will be pretty straight forward.

Lastly, if you have any of the following convictions then you will not be eligible for a PCO licence, please note this isn’t a full comprehensive list and is down to the discretion of the TFL licensing team:

  • Any conviction for a major violent offence (murder, manslaughter etc)
  • Whether you have more than one conviction of any type of violent offence in the last 10 years
    If you are still serving a custodial sentence, even if you have been released early on licence or the sentence was suspended
  • If you have been convicted, cautioned or subjected to any other penalty for a serious sexual offence (rape, indecent assault, trafficking, possession of indecent images etc)
  • Whether you have been convicted, cautioned or subjected to any other penalty for more than one sexual offence of any type, irrespective of age
  • Whether you are listed on either the Children’s or Adults’ barred list
  • If you have been convicted, cautioned or subjected to any other penalty for touting in the last 12 months or have more than one penalty for touting in the last five years
  • So there you have it, a simple and easy way to apply for your PCO license, all that’s left now is for you to call us here at Hirebrid so we can get you up and running.

We hope you have enjoyed this article and remember stay safe on the roads and please share and like this article with your friends, family and fellow PCO drivers.

Till next time from the Hirebrid team – safe driving!