5. Getting your Driver CPC card

You’ll get your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) card when you’ve done 35 hours of periodic training. The card is sometimes called a ‘driver qualification card’ or ‘DQC’.

You must carry this card while driving a lorry, bus or coach professionally.

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

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

How the card is sent to you

Your Driver CPC card will be sent automatically to the address on your driving licence. You need to change this address first if it’s wrong.

You only need to apply for your card if you did some of your periodic training in another EU country.

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.

The photo and signature on your photocard driving licence will be used on your Driver CPC card.

Waiting for your card

If you’ve done your periodic training and you’re waiting for your Driver CPC card to arrive:

  • you can still drive professionally
  • you won’t be fined for not having a Driver CPC card with you

If your card doesn’t arrive

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

Driver CPC card replacements cpcre@dsa.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 0191 201 8112
Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

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