1. 1What kind of vehicle do you want to drive?

    Bus (category D)

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  2. 2Do you have a full car driving licence?

    Yes

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  3. 3How old are you?

    Under 24

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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