8. If you have a licence from other countries

You can get a Driver Certificate of Professional (CPC) card from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you live or work in the UK and have a driving licence from any of these countries:

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

At least the last 7 hours of your periodic training must have been done in the UK.

To apply, send an email to DVSA asking for form DQC1.

DVSA customer services
customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk

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

Exchanging your driving licence for a UK licence

You can get a UK Driver CPC card if you exchange your non-UK country or EU member state driving licence for a UK 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 a Driver CPC card

You’ll need to send your Driver CPC card to DVSA if you already have one. You’ll need to include your driving licence number in a short letter.


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 UK driving licence.

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

If you don’t have a Driver CPC card

DVSA will automatically send you a Driver CPC card when you complete 35 hours of periodic training.