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.
Due to essential maintenance there will be a disruption to this service from 10.00 pm to 11.00 pm on Monday 27 June 2022. DVA apologise for any inconvenience.
Before you start
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. More 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:
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.
For queries about applying for a bus operator licence, email: TaxiandBusLicensing@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk
For queries about your identity check, email: email@example.com
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.