Since October 18th 2011, bus, coach and lorry drivers holding a British paper driving licence have been requested by the Department of Transport to exchange it for a photocard licence "sooner rather than later" in order to receive their driver qualification card (DQC), at no cost.
The DQC proves they hold the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), which all professional bus, coach and lorry drivers must hold in addition to their driving licence.
Drivers with a photocard licence will receive their DQC automatically, as the same photo can be used for both cards. They will still have to pay their £20 photocard licence fee but will save up to £30 over the 10 year photocard licence period.
Information for anyone wanting to change to a photocard licence is available at the Direct Gov site at
Information on the DQC is available at