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Get a license in the UK

Learn how to get your private hire licence with ease through our Ignition Programme.

Get a private hire licence in London

What is Ignition?

Driving with Uber means earning on your own terms – but we’re here to support you all the way. You’re in charge, but you’re not alone. And that's why we have created bespoke licencing support called Ignition

Ignition is our free support programme to help you get a private hire licence. All Uber drivers in the UK are licenced as private hire drivers by local authorities.

In London, the private hire licence is called a PCO licence and is issued by TfL (Transport for London). Through our Ignition programme, we’re here to support you every step of the way from helping you prepare for your assessments, to supporting you in obtaining your PCO licence and driving with Uber in London.

Come to our Greenlight Hub to get support from our trained Experts.

Steps to get a private hire licence in London

  • Step 1 - Sign up!

    If you haven’t already, sign up to become an Uber Driver to begin your application process.

  • Step 2 - Book your Ignition session

    To make an appointment for your Ignition session, click here to get personalised help with every step of getting your TfL PCO licence. Or you can visit our Greenlight Hub centre anytime during the opening hours.

  • Step 3 - Complete Enhanced DBS

    At the Ignition session, we can help you submit an Enhanced DBS check as part of your application process. A DBS is a criminal record check, required by TfL for all Private Hire Drivers. From 26 February 2024, all new and renewed PHV driver licences will be granted with a condition that the licensee maintains continuous registration with the DBS Update Service. The condition means that you must maintain continuous registration throughout the life of the licence.

    To help you register for the DBS Update Service, bring your passport, driver’s licence, National Insurance number and Proof of Address, such as a bank statement or utility bill (from within 3 months) to your Ignition appointment.

  • Step 4 - Get Medical Check

    TfL requires all Private Hire Drivers to get a medical check, to prove you’re fit to drive. You can complete this through your own GP or at our London Greenlight Hub with a GP from our partnership with DoctorCall. In order to complete your medical with DoctorCall, you’ll need to obtain a copy of your full medical history ahead of the appointment.

  • Step 5 - Submit Private Hire Application

    Receive in-person support at our Ignition centre to submit your private hire application to TfL. Drop in with the required documents (Medical, Enhanced DBS, passport, driving licence, NI number). You’ll need to pay £310 to TfL to submit this application.

  • Step 6 - Prepare for Topographical Assessment

    Once you’ve submitted your private hire driver licence application, you will be invited to take a topographical test with TfL. Uber offers preparation sessions so make sure you come along!

  • Step 7 - Prepare for SERU and English Language Requirement

    You will also be invited to take a safety, equality and regulatory understanding (SERU) and English language requirement (ELR) tests from TfL. Uber drivers get a special discount for training.

  • Step 8 - Start driving with Uber!

    Once you’ve received your private hire driver licence, take a look at some vehicle rental options offered by third parties. Make an appointment at our Greenlight Hub to onboard as a new driver partner and get on the road!


Preparing for your Ignition session

To make an Ignition session at your local Greenlight Hub, click here. It’s important you take the following items to your Ignition session:

  1. Passport

  2. UK/EU Driving Licence (at least 3 years of driving experience)

  3. National Insurance Number

  4. Proof of Address (Bank Statement/Utility Bill dated within the last 3 months)

At your appointment, an Expert will walk you through the steps to getting your PCO licence. They’ll make sure you meet the licencing requirements, help you to submit your application and answer any questions you may have.

Uber Ignition

Listen to some of the stories from our Uber Ignition drivers. Ignition is a free information programme to help you get licensed as smoothly and as quickly as possible. Come to our office to get support by our specially trained Experts.

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Plan your visit

Prepare for your upcoming visit by checking to make sure you have the following documents.

  1. Passport
  2. UK Driving Licence
  3. National Insurance Number
  4. Proof of Address

Requirements vary by city.

Submitting Private Hire Application

Once you have your completed medical form and DBS e-reference number, you are ready to submit your Private Hire Application. The following video guides you through the step by step of submitting your application to TfL. If you would like to receive support to submit your Private Hire Application, you can drop by our Ignition office.

What to bring with you:

  • Passport
  • DVLA or EU Drivers License (with 3 years driving experience)
  • Completed medical form
  • DBS e-number (found on your certificate)
  • National insurance number
  • Your debit or credit card to make the payment of £310 to TfL
  • Additional documents if you have changed your name or lived abroad over the last 3 years

Online Topographical Preparation

Once you have submitted your TfL private hire application, you will be invited to book in for a topographical (map-reading) test. Make sure to prepare thoroughly beforehand with our online materials and in-person preparation sessions.

  • The assessment is held in TfL-approved centres (Baker Street/West Kensington) and is conducted under exam conditions by TfL assessors.

    Assessments can only be booked through TfL.

    All PHV application forms received after 1st October 2021 will be booked by the Topographical Assessment bookings team via email. You will receive a letter and email from the Topographical Assessment bookings team confirming the date and time of your assessment in due course following application.

    For any queries, contact TfL’s Topographical Team on 0343 222 4444 or email

    Once TfL have confirmed that you have successfully passed the topographical test, they will start they process of reviewing your full application.

  • Once you booked your test, it’s really important that you start your revision using our detailed online resources. This is free and will give a much better chance of passing the topographical test.

    • Complete the free course below via EduMe
    • If required book further route planning training through a recommended provider (information in the EduMe training)
    • Obtain a Master Atlas of Greater London to practice (or visit the GLH, where we have some to borrow)

Can I become an Uber partner?

How it works

Uber partners with Private Hire Licensed drivers. When you visit us for a new partner session, you will need to bring with you all up-to-date legally required documents. This includes:

Personal Documents:

  • National Insurance Number
  • UK Plastic Driving Licence (original)
  • Electronic Counterpart code (generate this at
  • Private Hire Paper Licence (original + supporting documentation where conditions apply - medical letter, visa, etc)
  • Bank Statement (for the bank account that will be used to receive payments from Uber, needs to be under your name or a business which you are an owner of)

Vehicle Documents:

  • PHV Licence
  • Logbook (or New Keepers slip)
  • MOT (issued within the last 6 months)
  • Private Hire Insurance Certificate

Visit us during office hours to get personalised information

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The information provided on this web page is intended for informational purposes only and may not be applicable in your country, region or city. It is subject to change and may be updated without notice.