You must make sure that anyone you employ to drive a vehicle has the right licence and qualifications - you must also check if they need to use a tachograph.

Vehicle licence and age requirements

Check which vehicles your employees can drive, based on their age and driving licence.

Validity of lorry, minibus and bus licences

A licence to drive lorries, minibuses or buses is usually valid until aged 45. After 45, the driver must renew their licence every 5 years until they’re 65.

After 65, the driver must renew their licence every year.

All licences issued after 19 January 2013 are valid for 5 years, up to age 65.

Qualifications for lorry, bus and coach drivers

Professional lorry, bus and coach drivers also need to hold a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) as well as a valid licence.


Some drivers you employ need to record their journeys on tachographs to make sure they are following the rules on drivers’ hours.

Driver entitlement checking service

You can check with DVLA that the information on a driver’s licence is correct, including:

  • the licence validity dates
  • the categories of vehicle the driver can drive
  • if there are any current endorsements on the licence
  • if the driver is disqualified

The driver must complete a D888/1 form to give permission for the check.

Send the form with a cheque or postal order for £5 payable to ‘DVLA, Swansea’ to:

Driver Licence Validation service
SA99 1AJ

Access Driver Data (ADD)

ADD is a secure means of obtaining licence information. Your company will need to pass accreditation checks and enter into a contract with DVLA to use the service.

Organisations pay set-up costs and an enquiry fee.

Find out about ADD.

By post

You can also check a driver’s entitlement to drive by post. Each enquiry costs £5.

Contact for more information about the postal service.

By phone

You can also check a driver’s entitlement by phoning DVLA on 0906 139 3837 (calls cost 51p per minute).

The driver must give their permissions for the enquiry. They can do this by calling 0300 790 6801 before you call, or they can be with you when you call DVLA. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm.

Find out about call charges.

By fax

This service provides a yes or no answer by fax. It’s available to vehicle finance organisations that suspect a fraudulent driving licence has been used.

Each enquiry costs £5.

Contact for more information about the fax service.