Apply for a bus operator licence
Anyone applying or renewing a bus operator licence (BOL) or to make changes to an existing licence must do so online. Paper applications are no longer accepted.
Before you start
Due to the restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a number of DVA services are currently unavailable. For further details, and the latest position on DVA service availability, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and motoring page.
To access DVA Online you must have a nidirect account and have had your identity verified. You will then be able to log in to the service and link your licences. To find out more about identity assurance and the documents you need to verify your identity see:
If you already have an account, or need to create an account, you can log in to the service using the green button below.
Your driver licence details also need to be right to use the online service. Further information about keeping your driving licence up-to-date can be found at:
You can also renew or make changes through DVA Online. Customer guidance is available at:
To find out how personal information you send to PTLD will be handled when using this service. Go to: DVA Passenger Transport Licensing Division Privacy Notice (PDF 164 KB)
Apply for a licence
You should apply for your BOL at least eight weeks before you wish to start operating, to allow time for the application to be processed. Once the application has been agreed in principle you will be asked to pay a fee of £78 per vehicle for the grant of the licence.