Guidance notes for street knowledge test candidates

As an applicant for a taxi driver or private hire car driver’s licence, you must be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the city prior to being licensed by Aberdeen City Council as a taxi or private hire driver. This is achieved by means the Street Knowledge Test, which you must successfully negotiate before moving on to the next stage of the licensing process.

How to book your test

Please complete an application form and pay the £15 street knowledge test fee.
Once these steps have been followed, please email the completed application and fee receipt to

How is the test structured?

The test takes 1 hour 30 minutes, and includes four sections which must be completed:

  1. Streets - You are given the name of a street and must provide the names of the streets at either end of the street given. 20 streets shall be chosen at random, and one mark is given for each street correctly identified. (Pass mark: 30/40) 30 minutes
  2. Places of interest - You are given a list of places of interest and must provide the name of the street they are located. These places of interest include, but are not limited to, schools, statues, sports grounds and centres, restaurants, and hotels. 20 places of interest shall be chosen at random. (Pass mark: 15/20) 15 minutes
  3. Routes - You will be required to demonstrate that you can convey a passenger by the shortest practical route between a given starting point and end point, thus evidencing your knowledge of how to journey quickly and safely through the city’s roads and streets. 4 routes shall be chosen at random. (Pass mark: 3/4) 30 minutes
  4. Traffic signs - You must correctly identify a series of road traffic signs. 20 traffic signs shall be chosen for you to identify. This section is multiple choice. (Pass mark: 15/20) 15 minutes

To pass the overall street knowledge test each of the four sections must be passed.

Normal examination conditions shall be required during the Street Knowledge Test. Anyone found to be using unfair means in sitting the test shall be disqualified from the test and shall be required to resit the test again with payment of an additional test fee.

When and where does the street knowledge test take place?

Testing will take place at the Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen on Tuesday morning at 11am and last for 1 hour and 30 minutes. 
Please Arrive 10 minutes prior to the test commencing.

What do I need to bring?

You will be required to bring your driving license as a proof of identification, and a pen to write with during the test.
You shall also be required to bring a proof of your right to work in the UK. This may be a UK Passport for UK Passport holders, or for all others a right to work check code

What can I do if I do not pass?

If you have failed one section of the test, please see “One Section Resit” 
If you fail more than one section of the test, the result overall will be a fail, and you will be required to take the test in full again and pay an additional test fee. 

One section resit

If you have failed one section of the test, you will be given a three-month period to resit the previously failed section. If you pass that section within the three-month period, it will be considered a pass for the full test.

To resit one section, please pay the £5 resit fee and complete the resit application form. 

Once these steps have been followed, please email the completed application form and fee receipt to 
Resit tests shall commence at 12:40pm at the Townhouse, Broad Street, Aberdeen. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the test. 
Failure to pass this section within three-months shall result in being required to pass all four sections of the test again.

I have further questions

If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the licensing authority by email at or by telephone on (01224) 522377.

For advice or to submit an application, contact the Licensing team

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