Exemptions and Driver CPC fees

There are exemptions for the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) to drive a lorry, bus or coach. Fees are listed below. It is recommended you book your lorry or bus driving theory test online. Book parts three and four by post at any Driver & Vehicle Agency test centre.


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

  • used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods, for personal use
  • undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or of new or rebuilt vehicles which have not yet been put into service
  • used in the course of driving lessons for the purpose of enabling that person to obtain a driving licence or a Driver CPC
  • carrying material or equipment to be used by that person in the course of his or her work, provided that driving that vehicle does not constitute the driver's principal activity*
  • with a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45 km/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

*An example of a driver (also known as 'incidental driver') would be a brick layer who drives a load of bricks from the builder's yard to the building site and then spends their working day laying bricks. In this case, driving a lorry is incidental to their main occupation.

Drivers can move in and out of an exemption, depending on the circumstances in which they are driving. For example, a bus mechanic would be exempt while driving a bus to check that it had been repaired, but would need to hold a Driver CPC if they also drove a bus on a passenger carrying service.

Driver CPC Fees

When you book your theory or practical driving test direct with the Driver & Vehicle Agency, you only pay the cost of the test. There is no extra administration or booking fee.

Driver CPC  Fee
CPC Practical test (module 4) £55
CPC Theory Test (module 2) £23
Replace lost, stolen or damaged DQC £25
Request new DQC due to change of personal details £0
Add extra category to DQC £0
Renew the photo on your DQC £25


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