Once you get your PCO licence it will be valid for three years and you must renew your licence on time in order to continue working but don’t worry as Transport for London will send you a renewal form before your current licence expires – but it’s your responsibility to return it on time. This is why it’s important to keep your details correct with the PCO. If you don’t have a valid licence then you can’t work as a mincab driver in London.
To ensure that your renewal is processed in time then you should ensure that a completed renewal form is submitted six weeks before your current licence expires.
If you don’t renew your licence before it expires, you won’t be able to work as a private hire driver, and your vehicle’s hire and reward insurance policy will be invalid.
If you apply to renew your licence more than three months after your current licence has expired, then you will be considered as a new applicant and it means that you will have to go through the whole application process from the start and you will not be able to work until your new licence has been issued.
How to renew your PCO Licence
When returning your renewal form to TfL you’ll need to include:
- 1 recent, colour passport-sized photograph
- clear photocopies of both sides of your current DVLA licence (for photocard licences the paper copy must also be attached)
- a completed enhanced criminal records check
- a completed medical form, if required
- the £250 application fee
There are two ways to renew your licence. The first is to the use the Post Office’s check and send service or you can send your renewal form,relevant forms and the correct fee to:
Private Hire Driver Renewals
TfL – London Taxi and Private Hire
Palestra, 4th floor (Green zone)
197 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NJ
If you are having any problems or have any questions then contact the PCO on:
- Tel: 0845 602 7000
Fax: 020 3054 5314