Private hire

1. Taxi driver knowledge test

To become a licensed hackney carriage or private hire driver in Stockport you must pass our online taxi driver knowledge test first. The cost is £70 per test which is payable on booking.

Change or cancel your knowledge test

If you need to cancel, or change the date or type of test, email taxi.licensing@stockport.gov.uk with your test details. You must let us know at least 48 hours before the date you're due to take the test.

Cancellations only: if you cancel 48 hours before your test, you’ll be refunded your test fee. A £10 administration fee will be deducted to cover our costs.

If you cancel or change your appointment with less than 48 hours notice, you will not receive a refund. You'll have to re-book the test and pay the £70 test fee again.

Note: if you already have a hackney carriage drivers licence but want to apply for a new private hire drivers licence, you do not need to take a further test. Email taxi.licensing@stockport.gov.uk to request the date you passed your test which you'll need for your application.

The test

The test is taken under exam conditions in a classroom environment in the Town Hall complex. You'll be given 2 hours to answer randomly generated multiple choice questions on:

You can view an example of the test format on the Personnel Checks website.

No reference material is allowed in the test. This includes mobile phones, Satnavs and A-Z maps. Anyone found using reference material will fail the exam and will not be able to re-sit it for 3 months.

Recommended reading before the test

You must bring with you:

  • EEA/UK photocard driving licence showing your current name and address
  • utility bill or bank statement, issued within the last 3 months, showing your current name and address
  • EEA/UK passport or other proof of right to work in the UK

Book your taxi driver knowledge test

Pass mark

  • Overall: 75%
  • Mandatory: 100%
  • Safeguarding: 100%

After the test

Your results will be emailed to you by Personnel Checks 2 working days after completion of the test.

If you fail, you'll need to re-book the test. The test will cost £70. You cannot re-take the test for at least 4 weeks after your failed test.