If you have a licence from another country

If you have a licence from another country, there are 2 ways to get a Great Britain (GB) Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) card. You should either:

  • complete your periodic training in England, Scotland or Wales
  • exchange your driver’s licence for a GB licence - you must have a code 95 entitlement on your non-GB licence to do this

Complete your training in England, Scotland or Wales

You can get a GB Driver CPC card if you’ve done the final 7 hours of your periodic training in England, Scotland or Wales.

You must also live or work in England, Scotland or Wales and have a driving licence from any of these countries:

  • an EU country
  • Gibraltar
  • Guernsey
  • Iceland
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Switzerland

To apply for a GB Driver CPC card, send an email to the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) asking for form DQC1.

DVSA Driver CPC enquiries
cpcre@dvsa.gov.uk

If you live in Northern Ireland, contact the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA).

Exchange your driving licence for a GB licence

If you have a code 95 entitlement on your licence, you can get a GB Driver CPC card by exchanging your licence for a GB licence.

Your Driver CPC qualification will still last until the date it was due to run out when you first got it.

When you exchange your licence, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will tell DVSA for you.

If you already have an EU Driver CPC card

You’ll need to send your EU Driver CPC card to DVSA if you want to exchange it for a GB Driver CPC card. Send it with a short letter which includes your:

  • driving licence number
  • name and address
  • phone number


Driver CPC
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
PO Box 280
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
NE99 1FP

DVSA will send you a new Driver CPC card with the same number as your driving licence.

From then on, after doing 35 hours of periodic training in England, Scotland or Wales, you’ll get your Driver CPC qualification for 5 years.

If you live in Northern Ireland, contact DVA.