Vehicle approval

8. Certificate of Initial Fitness

Who can use the scheme

If you use a vehicle with more than 8 passenger seats to transport people for profit, also known as a Public Service Vehicle (PSV), it must have been approved or have a Certificate of Initial Fitness (COIF) to register it.

What vehicles need a COIF

You’ll need a COIF for your vehicle if it has more than 8 passenger seats, will be used for profit and either:

  • isn’t registered in the UK and was built before the type approval scheme was introduced
  • is registered in the UK but doesn’t have a type approval as a passenger vehicle with more than 8 passenger seats

The start dates for this scheme vary depending on the type of vehicle. See page 10 of the Individual Vehicle Approval scheme guide for details.

Application form

Send your completed application to the address on the form along with any relevant documents.

Cost of the scheme

You have to pay a fee for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to inspect your vehicle.

What happens next

Once you’ve submitted your application, it’ll be sent to your nearest certifying officer who’ll arrange for your PSV’s COIF examination to be carried out at one of DVSA’s approved test stations.

Notifiable Alterations

You must send details to DVSA of any alterations or modifications you make to your PSV.

Send your completed application to the address on the form along with any relevant documents.

You don’t need to notify DVSA of like-for-like replacement parts.