Types of Operator Licence

There are different types of Operator’s Licence for Heavy Goods Vehicles and Passenger Carrying Vehicles.

Heavy Goods Vehicle Licences

Restricted Operator Licence

A Restricted Licence only allows you to carry your own goods on your own account within Great Britain and the EU.

Standard National Operator Licence

A Standard National Licence allows you to carry your own goods on your own account, or other people’s goods for hire or reward, in Great Britain and to carry your own goods on your own account abroad. This will allow you to haul loaded trailers to or from ports within Great Britain as long as your vehicle does not actually leave Great Britain.

Standard International Operator Licence

A Standard International Licence allows you to carry your own goods, and goods for other people for hire or reward, both in Great Britain and on international journeys.

Passenger Carrying Vehicle Licences

Standard Licence

National operations only

You can only operate in Great Britain if you apply for a standard licence. Most full-time commercial operators use standard licences.

Standard Licence

National and international operations

This kind of licence lets you take passengers abroad as well as within Great Britain.

Restricted licence

For small-scale operations

You can only apply for a restricted licence for small-scale operations. They allow you to use one or two vehicles, and neither can carry more than eight passengers.

You can carry up to 16 passengers in either vehicle if you do not use it as part of a passenger transport business, or you’re operating your vehicles as a sideline and not as your main job.

Special Restricted Licence

For local taxi services

Special restricted licences are used to operate a licensed taxi on a local service. You can only apply for this licence if you’re a licensed taxi operator. A local service is one where:

The service must be registered with the local Traffic Commissioner.

Light Goods Vehicle Licences

Standard International Operator Licence

A Standard International Licence allows you to carry your own goods, and goods for other people for hire or reward, both in Great Britain and on international journeys.

From 21 May 2022, operators or users of vans or other light goods vehicles over 2.5 tonnes and up to 3.5 tonnes in weight for hire and reward will need to obtain an International Operator's Licence.

Northern Ireland

The Department for Infrastructure’s Transport Regulation Unit (TRU) is responsible for issuing Goods Vehicle Operator licences in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland applications follow the same process as the UK with only slight variations in the legislation of the Act. As the UK DVSA processes all the applications for Northern Ireland, Leafe’s Logistics can provide our complete licence application service for you.