How to become an Ola driver in London [Complete guide]

How to become an Ola driver in London
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Since launching in India in 2010 Ola has taken the ridesharing market by storm, becoming one of the largest platforms on the market. More recently, Ola launched in London, one of the top 5 biggest rideshare markets globally. Both riders and drivers have already taken a liking to Ola, with an estimated 30,000 drivers registered on the platform.

To incentivise new drivers, Ola offers 0% commission for the first six weeks, so drivers can maximise their income as they get familiar with the platform. Ola also provides drivers with referral bonuses, where both you and the new driver you refer to Ola receive £50 – win-win.

To become an Ola driver in London, you need to sign up online. See the details below:

Step-by-step guide to signing up with Ola in London

Ola vehicle requirements in London

To become an Ola driver you need a car that meets the following requirements, as well as the documents below:

  • Under 10 years old
  • 4 doors
  • Minimum 5 seats
  1. Private hire vehicle licence (paper licence)
  2. Car insurance certificate (hire agreement / permission letter / full policy schedule) This must contain the name of the driver and the car’s technical description
  3. MoT certificate issued within the last 6 months
  4. The car’s logbook or New keeper’s slip

Ola driver requirements in London

Same as with all rideshare platforms, you need to submit some personal documents that certify that you’re suitable to work as a private hire driver in London:

  1. Private hire driver’s licence, aka PCO licence(paper licence as well as photo badge)
  2. DVLA driving licence
  3. DVLA Check Code

You can request a DVLA Check Code online. Enter your DVLA driving licence number, national insurance number, as well as your postcode, and select “share your licence information”, to generate your DVLA check code.

Take a screenshot of this unique code and upload it into your Ola account.


Payment information

To finalise your application you need to provide your payment information so that Ola can wire your payments. Ola transfers the fares from the day to your bank account by the next day. You need to submit the following details:

  • Bank account number and sort code
  • National insurance number

Ola support

If you’re having trouble with your application, Ola has an operations centre based in London as well as a dedicated support team:

How do I contact Ola’s support team?

You can call Ola’s 24/7 driver phone support service on 0203 972 0800, or send an email to

Where is the Ola onboarding centre?

Ola’s onboarding centre is located at Business Design Center, 52, Upper Street, The Angel, London N1 0QH and it’s open between 9:30 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

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Balazs Szekely

Maker by nature, writer by profession, and a petrolhead at heart, Balazs is our very own content creator who brings Splend’s voice to life. He’s been a wordsmith his entire career, having seen it all from the print media to radio through online publishing and marketing copywriting. He’s fascinated by things he has yet to fully understand such as photography, ice hockey, and the bizarre art of aquascaping. In his free time you may find him mixing up cocktails for his friends or away from home on a city break. Drop him a line at

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