Topographical assessment

If you want to become a licensed private hire driver in London you must complete a topographical assessment. Please send us your private hire driver application first and a member of our team will be in touch to book your assessment. If you have any queries, please call our topographical team on 0343 222 4444 or email

Please check this page regularly for updates.

TfL approved assessment centre scheme

From October 2016, we will be enhancing the content, delivery and management of the topographical assessment as well as adding additional modules. We'll also be introducing our assessors to invigilate and mark all assessments in approved centres.

If you would like to apply to become an approved centre under the new arrangements, we're now accepting applications.

We will evaluate applications within 21 days of receipt and we will notify applicants of the outcome shortly after. Successful applicants will be able to host assessments under the new arrangements from October 2016.

More information about the scheme

The scheme will be open for three years and applications can be submitted at any point during this time. We will regularly review the scheme to ensure that the number of centres approved meets the demand for assessments. As a result, we may need to stop accepting applications from time to time and if this is necessary we will provide information in advance on our website.

Application pack

The following documents are available for download. Please note, the application form was updated on 20 September 2016.

Please read all parts of the documents and follow the instructions provided. Please complete all parts of the application pack in full.

Email completed applications to as soon as possible.

We aim to evaluate all applications on receipt and will let you know the outcome approximately 21 days after receipt.

Please email us if you have any questions.


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