Private hire

1. Taxi driver knowledge test

Knowledge tests during coronavirus

In line with guidance from the government and Public Health England we've taken the difficult decision to close our public reception facilities. This includes all taxi licensing surgery appointments, drop-in sessions, knowledge tests and visual accident damage inspections.

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.

You will need basic computer skills to do the test.

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 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

If you re-sit the test you must bring with you:

  • EEA/UK photocard driving licence showing your current name and address
  • evidence of your previous test result; a copy of the email sent by Personnel Checks

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.