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English Language Requirement

The English Language Requirement is a new step that TfL have introduced to the Private Hire Licence application. As of the 30 April 2019, TfL will require that all new Private Hire applications and renewal applications include an English Language Qualification.

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What do you need to know about the new Requirement?

TfL’s English Language Requirement is effective from 30 April 2019. This means that if you have submitted an application to acquire or renew a Private Hire Driver Licence at any time since 14 October 2016, you must also submit evidence of a TfL-approved English language qualification. TfL's current requirement states that you will need to do this by 30 April 2019, or if submitting after this date, at the time of application.

What qualifications do TfL accept?

TfL has confirmed that any of the below will meet the English Language Requirement:

  • UK GCSE grades A to G
  • UK O level grades A to E
  • UK CSE grades 1 to 5
  • UK AS level/A level
  • UK NVQ/BTEC/City and Guilds qualification level 1 or above
  • UK degree or higher (e.g. master’s, PhD)
  • ESOL Skills for Life (Entry Level 3, Level 1, Level 2)
  • Functional Skills qualifications in English (Entry Level 3, Level 1, Level 2)
  • SELT certificate at B1 level or higher, issued by Trinity College London or IELTS

TfL will also consider accepting applications with a non-UK English qualification that is the equivalent of GCSE level or above. If you have a non-UK English qualification, you will have to provide TfL with the original certificate of the qualification, as well as evidence that the qualification was both taught and examined in English (i.e., a letter from the school).

If you have any further questions around the requirement we recommend that you email TfL directly at

How do I submit my qualification to TfL?


To submit evidence by email, you can scan your qualification certificate and email it to TfL. The email address to send to is TfL has asked that you include your Private Hire Driver Licence Number in the subject of the email.


To submit evidence by post, you can send a copy of your qualification certificate to TfL. TfL has requested that you include a piece of paper with your Private Hire Driver Licence Number in the letter. The postal address for TfL is:

TfL Taxi and Private Hire

1st Floor

230 Blackfriars Road




If you have any questions about submitting your English Language evidence, you can call TfL on 0343 222 4444 or email them at

Want to learn more?

TfL's website