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How will I prove I hold Driver CPC?

You will be able to prove you hold Driver CPC by a Driver Qualification Card (DQC).

The card will be issued to new drivers automatically on successfully passing the initial qualification. Existing drivers (holding a GB photo card licence) will be automatically issued with the card on completion of the 35th hour of periodic training.

For existing drivers, their ‘acquired rights’ means that their driving licence will be accepted as proof of their Driver CPC status until they have completed their 35 hours training within the first 5 year cycle at which point they will be issued with a DQC.

There will be no charge for the card at point of issue.

As the card will be sent to the address on your driving licence it is important that you keep your details up to date with DVLA. You must carry your DQC whilst driving and there will be penalties if you are found to be driving professionally without one. If your DQC has been lost, stolen or damaged, you must report it to the DSA within 7 days and apply for a replacement card. There will be a fee to replace and issue new cards.

To report your DQC card lost, stolen or damaged contact: Email (putting ‘DQC Enquiry’ in the subject field) or telephone 0300 200 1122 Once you have reported it you will be able to drive for up to 15 days without a card while a replacement is sent to you.

NB: if your card has been lost or stolen you must inform your employer.

Are there any special concessions?

There are exemptions from the Driver CPC qualification for drivers of vehicles:

Used for the non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods, for personal use undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or new or rebuilt vehicles not yet put into service used in the course of driving lessons for any person wishing to obtain a driving licence or Driver CPC carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, provided that driving the vehicle does not constitute the driver’s principal activity

With a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45km/h

Used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service, and forces responsible for maintaining public order used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions.