After you’ve qualified
After you’ve passed all 4 of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) tests, you’ll be sent a Driver CPC card. This is sometimes called a ‘driver qualification card’ or ‘DQC’.
You must carry your Driver CPC card while driving a lorry, bus or coach professionally.
You can get a £50 fixed penalty for driving professionally without your Driver CPC card.
Getting your Driver CPC card
The card will be sent to the address on your driving licence. You need to change this address first if it’s wrong.
The photograph and signature on your photocard licence will be used on your Driver CPC card.
Waiting for your card
You can drive professionally if you’ve passed all the tests 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 of passing the final test. Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you don’t receive it.
You 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
Replace your card
You must replace your Driver CPC card if it’s lost or stolen.
The Driver CPC card doesn’t have your address on it, so you don’t have to get a new one if your address changes.
Every 5 years you must:
- take 35 hours of Driver CPC training to keep driving professionally
- renew your lorry or bus driving licence
If you’re 65 or over you must renew your lorry or bus driving licence every year.