How to become an Uber Driver in London

Licence Requirements

Authority: Transport for London (TfL)

Licence Type: PCO Private Hire Licence

Qualification: Topographical Skills Certificate
and English Language Certificate.

Approximate Cost: £600

Time to get licence: 4-12 weeks

Licence valid time: 3 years

Minimum Age: 21

Driving Experience: 3 years

Uber Driver London Application

Get licensed

To drive for Uber in London, you must get your Private Hire Drivers License from Transport for London.

The process can take 4-12 weeks due to the additional processes you must do such as a map test, medical check and CRB background check.

Qualifications

Private hire driver applicants need to pass a topographical skills test with TfL, which is a map test.  If you do not pass, you will not get your license. 

Drivers must also provide proof of English Language, either with existing certificates or take their TfL English Test.

Sign up to Uber London

Once you know your Private Hire Licence is on its way, you can go to the Uber website and sign up online.  

Upload documents

When your private hire licence arrives, you can go ahead and upload your personal documents to the Uber driver portal.

– Valid UK driver’s licence
– Private Hire Insurance Documents (once you have your vehicle)
– Bank Statement with your details
– A photograph of yourself

Acquire a vehicle

You can either buy, rent or rent to own a new vehicle.  Or you can choose to purchase a second hand vehicle, just make sure it meets the requirements set by TfL.

You can find TfL Private Hire Vehicle requirements here.

Start driving

Once you’ve got your car insured, you can activate your Uber Driver account and start earning as a private hire driver in London.

Driving in London for Uber

Vehicle Requirements

Vehicle License:
Transport for London

Vehicle Age: 
New License: Registered 01 Jan 2018+
For Relicensing: Max 14 years old

Vehicle Licence Cost: £140

Valid for: 12 months

Enforcement Level: Strict

 

Things to consider

Congestion Charge:
Cost: £15 per day
Operates: 7am – 10pm 7 days a week

ULEZ Charge:
Cost: £12.50 per day
Operates: 24 hours 7 days a week
(If your car is not compliant)
Check Now: ULEZ Checker

MOT: Every 6 months

Insurance: Private Hire Drivers need Hire & Reward Insurance.  You cannot carry paying passengers with your normal car insurance.

Useful Links

TfL PCO Licence Information

TfL Vehicle Licence Information

Uber Registration 

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