You might be able to drive a bus if you have a category D entitlement on your licence
Check if you have a category D entitlement online.
Otherwise, you’ll normally have to wait until you’re 24 to drive one.
Driving a bus at 17
You can only drive a bus when you’re 17 if you’re a member of the armed forces.
Driving a bus at 18
You can drive a bus when you’re 18 if you’re learning to either:
- take your Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) driving test
- get your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)
If you’ve passed your PCV driving test
You can drive a category D1 vehicle (such as a minibus) if you’ve passed your PCV driving test and have one of the following:
- a Driver CPC
- a bus operator’s licence
- a minibus permit
- a community bus permit
You can only drive this type of vehicle if any of the following also apply:
- you’re not carrying any passengers
- you are carrying passengers, but driving on a regular route that’s less than 31 miles
- you don’t drive the vehicle abroad
Driving a bus at 20
You can drive a bus in the UK when you’re 20 if you’ve passed your PCV driving test and got your Driver CPC. You can’t drive a bus abroad.
Driving a bus at 21
You can drive a bus in the UK or abroad when you’re 21 if you’ve passed your PCV driving test and got your Driver CPC.
You can also drive a bus in the UK when you’re 21 if the bus is either:
- being used by the fire service or by the police to maintain public order
- being road tested after it’s been repaired or serviced