Knowledge test

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The Hackney Carriage knowledge test is different to the private hire test. There are different and more advanced questions.  Booking for the knowledge test is the same as for the private hire.

The test is undertaken under usual exam conditions. The test is therefore undertaken in silence and mobile phones should be turned off. The test lasts 45 minutes, if you get stuck on trying to understand a question you will be able to put your hand up to ask a staff member for assistance. 

Location and Time

The Knowledge test normally takes place twice a month on a Wednesday morning at our Council Offices at the Town Hall in Reigate. To attend the test you must have booked and paid the fee in advance, already have provided us with your application form (to be received by licensing no later than 10am on the monday before you are due to sit the test) and attend on the date and time you have been allocated. Please note there is no parking available at the Town hall for those taking the test. To find a list of Council car parks in the nearby area please click here.

We advise applicants to arrive by 09:45am. 

The test starts promptly at 10am. Remember we must have had receipt of your fully completed application form no later than 10am on the monday before you are due to sit the test. If you do not turn up on the day or arrive too late to sit the test you will miss the test and have to pay a missed appointment fee to rebook. You will need to bring proof of ID to the test.

If it is your first knowledge test you will be required to bring the relevant proof of ID to sit the test as well as originals of:

  • Valid Passport
  • Evidence of  Right Work
  • Driving Licence


We advice all our applicants to revise and practice for the test. To assist you in preparation for the test it will help to be familiar with the following documents:

• ‘The Street Atlas Surrey’ 
•  Hackney Carriage Policy and Conditions Document (PDF) 
• ‘The Official High Way Code’ - Department for Transport, Driving Standards Agency (Great Britain) 

Please note other than an electronic PDF copy of our Hackney Carriage Policy and Conditions Document we do not supply any of the above resources. They can be purchased online or in a bookshop.

Further Information & Example Questions

Below is a link to a PDF document with further information about the test and includes some sample exam questions. 

Hackney Carriage About the Knowledge Test (PDF) 

If you have taken the test a few times now and not passed you may wish to think about if you may benefit from some additional help with practising to pass the knowledge test then Licensing offers a chargeable service that may be of interest to you. Further information about this service can be found on the licensing contact us and application advice service page.