HGV Driving Licence Application

To become an HGV, LGV lorry, bus or coach driver you need to:

  • Have a full car licence 
  • Be over 18
  • Obtain a professional driving qualification called Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) by attending periodic training course approved by Jaupt

Who needs the full Driver CPC? 

You must have the full Driver CPC if you drive an HGV, LGV lorry, bus or coach as the main part of your job. You usually need to pass 4 tests to gain your licence, unless you have ‘acquired rights’ because of your existing driving experience. 

How to get and keep the full Driver CPC 

Apply for a provisional lorry or bus licence. 

Pass the 4 tests that make up Driver CPC to qualify. 

Take 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to stay qualified. 

You need to renew your bus or lorry licence every 5 years, and every year when you reach 65. 

Who does NOT NEED the full Driver CPC? 

You do not need the full Driver CPC if you:

  • Do not want to drive for a living, for example, you want to drive for a hobby or carry passengers or goods non-commercially for personal use 
  • Drive-in certain other situations, such as taking your vehicle for a pre-booked annual test (MOT) 

When you do NOT NEED the full Driver CPC 

You do not need the full Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification if you’re using the vehicle for:

  • Non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods for personal use 
  • Carrying material or equipment you use for your job (driving the vehicle cannot be the main part of your job) 
  • Driving lessons for anyone who wants to get a driving licence or a Driver CPC 
  • Driving to or from pre-booked appointments at official vehicle testing centres 
  • Driving within 62 miles (100 kilometres) of your base - but the vehicle cannot be carrying passengers or goods and driving a lorry, bus or coach cannot be your main job 
  • Maintaining public order - and the vehicle is being used or controlled by a local authority 
  • Rescue missions or in states of emergency 
  • You also do not need the full Driver CPC if the vehicle is: 
  • Limited to a top speed of 28mph 
  • Being used or controlled by the armed forces, police, fire and rescue service, prison service or people running a prison or young offender institution 

You can read detailed examples of driver CPC exemptions  

You still need to pass  part 1 (theory) and part 3 (driving ability) tests of the qualification. 

You need to renew your bus or lorry licence every 5 years when you reach 45 and every year when you reach 65. 

If you’re taking an NVT course 

If you’re taking an approved National Vocational Training (NVT) course you can drive professionally for up to 12 months without taking the Driver CPC part 2 and part 4 tests. 

Categories & Required Forms 

The category of provisional licence you need depends on the type of vehicle you want to drive. To apply, you will need to order forms D2 and D4 from DVLA, which can be ordered via the internet at - https://www.gov.uk/become-lorry-bus-driver/applying-for-a-bus-or-lorry-provisional-entitlement 

The D4 form has to be filled in by a doctor. This could be either:

  • Your GP - but an optician might also need to fill in the section about your eyesight 
  • A private firm specialising in drivers’ medical exams 

Your doctor, optician or a private firm can charge you. 

You can only apply for a provisional trailer (+E) licence when you’ve got the full licence for the vehicle you’ll be driving. 

Submitting the forms 

Send both forms and your photocard driving licence to DVLA. There’s no application fee.  

You will only need to include a passport-style colour photo and original identity documents if you have a paper driving licence. Send the forms to DVLASwanseaSA99 1BR. 

How long does it take? 

You should get your driving licence within 3 weeks of DVLA getting your application. It can take longer if your health or personal details need to be checked. 

You automatically lose your lorry or bus licence if you lose your car licence. 

The following should assist in giving guidance and further information, please use the links below. 

Medical Conditions Disabilities & Driving