Become an HGV Driver

8. After you’ve qualified

After you’ve passed all 4 of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) tests, you’ll be sent a Driver CPC card. This is sometimes called a ‘driver qualification card’ or ‘DQC’.

You must carry your Driver CPC card while driving a lorry, bus or coach professionally.

You can get a £50 fixed penalty for driving professionally without your Driver CPC card.

Getting your Driver CPC card

The card will be sent to the address on your driving licence. You need to change this address first if it’s wrong.

The photograph and signature on your photocard licence will be used on your Driver CPC card.

Waiting for your card

You can drive professionally if you’ve passed all the tests and you’re waiting for your Driver CPC card to arrive.

If your card doesn’t arrive

You should get your Driver CPC card within 20 days of passing the final test. Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you don’t receive it.

Driver CPC card replacements
Telephone: 0191 201 8112
Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

You have to pay £25 if:

  • you take longer than 3 months to tell DVSA it hasn’t arrived
  • it’s sent to an old address because you haven’t updated your licence

Replace your card

You must replace your Driver CPC card if it’s lost or stolen.

The Driver CPC card doesn’t have your address on it, so you don’t have to get a new one if your address changes.

Staying qualified

Every 5 years you must: