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:

  • is not registered in the UK and was built before the type approval scheme was introduced
  • is registered in the UK but does not 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.

How to apply for a COIF

Download and fill in the COIF application form.

Follow the instructions on the form to submit it to DVSA.

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, DVSA will contact you to arrange for your PSV’s COIF examination to be carried out at a DVSA-approved test station.

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 do not need to notify DVSA of like-for-like replacement parts.