Private hire vehicle (minicab) licences

Private hire vehicles (mini cabs) have to be licensed. Private hire vehicles are vehicles that cannot be hailed from the street, and journeys must be pre-booked. Vehicles must be tested and inspected before a licence can be issued to ensure that they are mechanically fit, safe and comfortable.

Minicab operators must hold a licence from the Public Carriage Office (PCO) to run a service (to accept or invite bookings for private hire vehicles). It is an offence to drive a minicab without a private hire driving licence or a temporary permit issued by the PCO.

A licence is required before any person can drive a private hire vehicle.  Licences are issued subject to proof of eligibility (age, driving licence, criminal records check, medical assessment etc.).

Please contact the Transport for London (TfL) for more information.

Tel: 0845 602 7000.