If you want to become a licensed private hire driver in London you must complete a topographical assessment. The assessment is held in TfL-approved centres and is conducted under exam conditions by TfL assessors.

Before a topographical assessment can be taken, you must have submitted your private hire driver application to us for consideration. Once your application has been assessed, we will invite you to book a topographical assessment.

How to book an assessment

Assessments can only be booked through us. Please follow these steps to make a booking:

Step 1
Submit your application for a private hire driver licence. You will then be invited to book a topographical assessment.

Step 2
Before you contact us you must select the approved centre of your choice from the approved topographical assessment centres list. Further information, including any costs involved, can be found by following the links included in the list.

Step 3
Once you have selected a centre, please call us on 0343 222 4444 (TfL call charges) to book an assessment and we will send you a booking confirmation by letter and email.

Step 4
Please go to the centre at the date and time shown on your booking confirmation. When you arrive, we will carry out identity checks and register you for the assessment.

If you have any queries, please call our topographical team on 0343 222 4444 or email tphtopo@tfl.gov.uk.

Approved topographical assessment centres 

Centre  Address  Assessment schedule
(subject to availability) 
Find out more about the centre
Bridge Topographical Training Ltd College of North West London, Wembley Park Drive, Middlesex, HA9 8HP 12:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Bridge Topographical Training Ltd
Capstar Chauffeur Ltd The Farmhouse, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF 12:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Capstar
Data Cars Ltd 92-94 Lee High Road, Lewisham, London, SE13 5PT 09.30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Data Cars Ltd
Driver Periodic Training Ltd Brooklands House, Petersfield Avenue, Slough, SL2 5DY 12:30 on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays Driver Periodic Training
E-Laws Training Ltd Unit 1B, The Show House, Merton Abbey Mills, Watermill Way, Colliers Wood, London SW19 2RD 12:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays E-Laws Training Ltd
Raid Training Services Ltd Floor 2, 136 High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6EB 09.30 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays Raid Training Services Ltd
Uber London Ltd Uber Central Greenlight Hub, Ground Floor, Beaufort House, 15 St Botolph Street, London EC3A 7DT 13:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Uber London
The Vehicle Site Ltd Bridge House (Rear Entrance), 1st Floor, 150 London Road, Barking IG11 8BB 12:30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays Topographical Skills Test

Assessment guidelines

The Topographical assessment guidelines provide more details about the assessment:

Special requirements and reasonable adjustments

TfL offer a wide range of reasonable adjustments that are tailored to the individual to ensure that assessments are carried out in a fair and consistent manner.

If you have a disability or condition which means you will need adjustments to be made at your assessment please provide us with a brief outline of the condition and documented evidence from a relevant professional.
Contact us on tphtopo@tfl.gov.uk or 0343 222 4444 (TfL call charges apply).

TfL-approved assessment centre scheme

When we began inviting applications for approved assessment centres in August 2016, we committed to regularly reviewing the scheme to ensure that the number of centres meet the demand, and that we may sometimes stop accepting applications as a result of those reviews.

As the current level of demand for assessments is being met, we closed the window for applications at midnight on 19 January 2017. If demand increases in the future, this decision will be reviewed.

Application pack

The following documents are for reference only as we are not currently accepting new applications. Please note, the following updates have been made since first publication on 26 August 2016:

  • The deed of appointment was updated on 5 December 2016
  • The statement of requirements was updated on 15 June 2018
  • The invitation to apply was updated on 13 January 2017