The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) have merged to form the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

You may be able to drive a minibus if you hold a car driving licence and follow certain conditions - otherwise you’ll need to apply for a minibus licence.

If the minibus is not for ‘hire or reward’

You may be able to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats using your current car driving licence as long as it’s not for ‘hire or reward’ - ie there’s no payment from or on behalf of the passengers.

You held a driving licence before 1 January 1997

You can drive a minibus in the UK and on temporary visits abroad.

When your car licence is next renewed at the age of 70, you’ll need to re-apply for your entitlement and meet higher medical standards.

You’ll need to order and complete a D2 application form and print off and fill in a D4 medical examination report. Read the D4 guidance notes.

You got your driving licence after 1 January 1997

You can drive a minibus within the UK as long as the following conditions apply:

  • you’re 21 or older
  • the minibus is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body
  • you’ve had your driving licence for at least 2 years
  • you meet the ‘Group 2’ medical standards if you’re over 70 - check with your GP if you’re not sure you meet the standards
  • you’re driving on a voluntary basis and the minibus is used for social purposes by a non-commercial body
  • the maximum weight of the minibus is not more than 3.5 tonnes - or 4.25 tonnes including specialist equipment for disabled passengers, eg a wheelchair ramp
  • you’re not towing a trailer

Minibus permit - if you need to charge running costs

You can apply for a minibus permit if you need to charge passengers, as long as:

  • you’re 21 or older
  • the vehicle can carry between 9 and 16 passengers
  • you’re driving it for a voluntary organisation that benefits the community - eg an educational, religious or sports organisation
  • the minibus service is only available for members of that organisation - not to the general public
  • any charges are to cover running costs and are not for profit

Apply for a minibus permit from your local authority, or contact DVSA.

DVSA
permits@vosa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 123 9000
Find out about call charges

Driving a minibus for profit

If you want to drive a minibus commercially, or if the above conditions don’t apply, you’ll need to apply for a minibus provisional entitlement, also known as a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licence.

Help us improve GOV.UK

Please don't include any personal or financial information, for example your National Insurance or credit card numbers.