Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations

Driver CPC periodic training

You must do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

You can check how many hours you’ve completed in the current 5-year period.

You have to do the training in the country where you work or are normally resident.

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) training is continual professional development which carries on throughout a professional bus, coach or lorry driver's career. Once you pass your Driver CPC, you'll be issued with a Driver Qualification Card (DQC.)

When you will receive a DQC

A DQC will be issued to new drivers automatically on successfully passing the Driver CPC initial qualification or after 35 hours of periodic training. It will be sent to the address on your driving licence, so make sure that your details are up to date with the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

Carrying proof of your Driver CPC status

You must always carry your DQC as evidence of your Driver CPC status while driving professionally (or vocational licence, if you hold ‘acquired rights’). If you don't, you will be liable for penalties.

The Driver CPC is enforced in all European Union (EU) member states. If you are driving in another EU country, you must still hold a valid Driver CPC, and carry your DQC, unless you have an exemption.

You can get a £50 fixed penalty for driving professionally without your Driver CPC card.

You must replace your Driver CPC card if it’s lost or stolen.

Getting your Driver CPC card

You’ll get your card when you’ve completed either:

  • your initial qualification 
  • your 35 hours of periodic training if you have a Great Britain photocard licence

The photograph and signature on your photocard licence will be used on your Driver CPC card. It will be sent to the address on your driving licence. You’ll need to change this address first if it’s wrong.

The Driver CPC card doesn’t have your address on it, so you don’t have to get it updated if your address changes.

Waiting for your card

You can still drive professionally if you’ve completed your periodic training and you’re waiting for your Driver CPC card to arrive

If your card doesn’t arrive

You should get your Driver CPC card within 20 days after completing either your initial qualification or your periodic training. Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you don’t receive it.

DVSA Driver CPC enquiries

You’ll have to pay £25 if: 

  • you take longer than 3 months to tell DVSA it hasn’t arrived
  • it’s sent to an old address because you haven’t updated your licence

If you have a paper licence

• You’ll need to swap your paper licence for a photocard licence before you can get your Driver CPC card.

If some of your periodic training was completed in another EU member state

You need to write to DVSA to apply for your Driver CPC card if you’ve completed some of your periodic training in another EU member state.

You’ll need to include:

  • your UK driving licence number
  • your phone number
  • the address and dates when you lived in that member state
  • the names and addresses of your employers for that time
  • the equivalent of your tax reference or national insurance number in the member states you worked in
  • a £25 fee to add training taken abroad to your Driver CPC card

Driver CPC 
PO Box 280 
Newcastle Upon Tyne 
NE99 1FP 

You must include the original documents - photocopies are not allowed.

Non-English training documents must be sent with a translation on headed paper from an educational establishment or embassy.

When to take Driver CPC periodic training

It’s up to you when you take the training courses, as long as you do them within 5 years.

When the 5-year period starts

Each 5-year period starts from 5 years before your current Driver CPC qualification runs out - not from the date you completed your last 35 hours of training.

Deadline for new professional drivers

You must complete periodic training by 5 years from the date you got the initial qualification.

After the deadline has passed, you can’t drive professionally until you have completed 35 hours of periodic training. You can do more than 35 hours, but you can’t carry the extra hours over for the next block of training. 

Training you’ve already completed will stay valid for 5 years and won’t be lost after the deadline. 

Driving Licence Codes

Some codes you might see on your Driving Licence: -

01 - Eyesight Correction
02 - Hearing Aid
101 - Not for hire or reward (that is, not to make a profit)
102 - Drawbar trailers only
103 - Subject to certificate of competence
105 - Vehicle not more than 5.5 metres long
106 - Restricted to vehicles with automatic transmissions
107 - Not more than 8,250 kilograms
108 - Subject to minimum age requirements
111 - Limited to 16 passenger seats
113 - Limited to 16 passenger seats except for automatics
115 - Organ donor
118 - Start date is for earliest entitlement
119 - Weight limit for vehicle does not apply


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