How To Reapply For Your PCO License

How To Reapply For Your PCO License

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As you know, having a PCO licence for all PCO drivers is a requirement. A PCO licence is valid for three years, and after that, you need to reapply to renew it. This process might need a guide for some people as they could be unfamiliar with the online reapplication process. In this article, you will read how to reapply for your PCO licence most quickly. Note that it is advised to start the process of renewing and reapplying before the expiry date comes over. So that you won’t need to stay jobless until the new licence is affirmed.

You will read about the following items in this article

  • Requirements of applying for PCO licence renewal
  • When to apply for PCO licence renewal?
  • Step by step of PCO licence renewal application
  • What if I don’t complete my PCO licence renewal application on time?
  • How much does PCO licence renewal cost?
  • Conclusion

Requirements of applying for PCO licence renewal

reapplying for PCO license

  1. An account on TfL official website
  2. Renewal application forms should be sent before the expiration of your current PCO licence
  3. Application fee
  4. Licence fee
  5. Full information 
  6. ID cards (can be your driving licence)
  7. DBS forms
  8. Medical declaration forms
  9. A recent picture
  10. Any additional documents which are required in your package on your profile

When to apply for PCO licence renewal?

It is necessary to make sure your renewal process is done before the licence expires. In this way, you won’t stay jobless, and the insurance will also remain valid. Note that the whole process takes about six weeks, so start the application at least eight weeks before the licence expiry.

Even if you plan to take a break for a while, don’t miss renewing your PCO licence in less than three months after the expiry date, or else you will be considered a new applicant, and the whole process and fees may increase impressively.

Step by step of PCO licence renewal application

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Follow the step by step guide for PCO licence renewal application to receive it with no delays.

Step one

If you have an account on TFL, sign in and if you don’t have one, register before going any further. You can read the requirements of different packages there and prepare the needs. You can also find the customer reference number and other required codes for the following steps.

Step two

If you plan to renew your licence, pay attention to checking the box under the sentence ‘for existing licence holders’. Then you should write the customer reference number. Make sure you have written all the characters correctly. Now click on the ‘driver’s licence’ button as your additional identifier and write your previous PCO licence number found in your package.

Step three

One of the most necessary documents you need to upload to rapply for a PCO licence renewal is proving a new DBS certificate (the Disclosure and Barring Service, which checks to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups of people). This way, you affirm that you are qualified to continue working as a PCO driver. Note that the sooner you get this certificate, the sooner the renewal process will end. 

If you are an active driver, you can apply by providing a copy of your disclosure. Providing accurate information in detail is essential because any difference in provided certification and ID cards can delay your application or even cause rejection.

Step four

A medical declaration form must be completed by a GP and uploaded on the website. Please note that in your paper, all the following items should be considered:

  1. Every question is answered in detail and thoroughly.
  2. There is a GP signature under the form.
  3. The form should be up to date, and the date should be mentioned at the end.
  4. Surgery stamps must be endorsed on all the pages.

If you had to visit an optician, note that opticians’ prescriptions and full form should be added to the previous record.

Step five

Collect all the mentioned documents in the previous steps and recheck if they have been completed or not. If it was not met, prepare the forms, scan and upload them. Uploading the documents altogether will help you avoid delays in receiving your licence. You can use mobile apps such as CamScanner to scan the documents and upload them on the website.

Final step

The final step is to upload a recent photograph of yourself with a clear background (white is recommended). Make sure the picture clearly shows your face, ears and the top of your shoulders so that no delays would affect your application.

What if I don’t complete my PCO licence renewal application on time?

If you are not quick enough to apply for a PCO licence renewal, it is not guaranteed that you can receive it before the expiration date of the former PCO licence. In other words, if you need to receive your PCO licence renewal before the expiration date of the previous one, apply as soon as possible. 

Note that if the previous licence is expired, you are not allowed to work until the new one is released.

How much does PCO licence renewal cost?

Different applicants may be required to complete additional forms, leading to various expenses. As a result, the PCO licence renewal fee can’t be estimated accurately. However, you may be charged between £350 to £650 for the renewal programs.

Conclusion

You are all done; now wait to receive your new PCO licence and work for another three years with no trouble as an Uber or any other private hire driver. If everything goes well and no delay is considered for your application, you will receive your new PCO licence before the expiration date of your current licence.

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