Driver CPC What Happens If Out of Date?


HGV drivers need to complete a driver’s CPC course to be able to drive legally on British roads.

You must achieve 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep your Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) to allow you to drive your truck professionally.

Fines for Outdated Driver CPC Cards

It is necessary to complete one set of training every 5 years to drive a heavy goods vehicle professionally, you can do this by completing a 35-hour course, this is normally a 5-day course, or one training module each year which normally lasts for 8 hours.

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You can be fined up to £1000 if you drive professionally without a valid Driver Qualification card so completing the CPC is important.

Many haulage companies provide a CPC course for you on a yearly basis to make sure you comply with the regulations, as an individual you are responsible for attending a CPC Course to make sure your CPC is up to date.

Check Your Driver CPC is Valid

You can check your current CPC periodic training hours by selecting the button below, this is a secure Government Periodic driver training database, and will give you the relevant information required, all you need is your driving license number, and your postcode.

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What Happens if your Driver CPC is out of date?

If your CPC is out of date you can’t drive professionally until you have completed the required training.

You can be fined up to £1000 if you drive without a valid Driver Qualification Card.

Your next training deadline will be set 5 years after the date you complete your training.


If your original deadline was 9th September 2017, but you didn’t complete your 35 hrs training until 31st May 2018, the deadline for your next training would be 31st May 2023.

You would not have been able to drive professionally between 10th September 2017 and 30th May 2018.

How Long Does Driver CPC Training Remain Valid?

Any training you have already completed counts for the 5 years from the date you took the course, you don’t lose it because you have passed your deadline.

The training won’t count towards the 35 hours total if your training was completed more than 5 years ago.

Please Note:

The Driver CPC has enforced in all European Union (EU) member states.

If you are driving in another EU country, you must still hold a valid Driver CPC, and carry your Driver Qualification Card, unless you have an exemption.

Driver CPC FAQ's

Do I need to have my Driver qualification card with me when I am Driving my truck?

Yes, you must always carry your Driver qualification card if you don’t you will be liable for penalties.

What do I do if I lose my Driver Qualification Card?

If your Driver Qualification card is lost or stolen you must report it to DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) straight away and apply for a new card. DVSA CPC replacement card information

Can I still drive If my Card is lost or stolen?

Yes, you can continue to drive if you have applied for a new card, if your card does not arrive within 15 days contact the DVSA to confirm they are processing your card.

Do I need to tell my employer if my card is missing?

The DVSA recommends that you inform your employer if your card is lost or stolen.

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