Driver Qualification Card 

On completion of either the Initial Qualification or the 35 hours Periodic Training, all drivers will receive a Drivers Qualification Card (DQC Card).

You must carry your DQC while driving a large goods vehicle or passenger carrying vehicle.

Getting your DQC

You’ll get your DQC when you’ve completed either your initial qualification or your 35 hours of periodic training if you have a Great Britain photocard licence. It will be sent to the address on your driving licence.

If you have a paper licence

You’ll need to swap your paper licence for a photocard licence before you can get your DQC. This is because the DQC needs a photograph and signature, which are taken from the photocard details.

Applying for a replacement DQC

You should email the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) if your DQC has been lost, stolen or damaged.

DSA Driver CPC enquiries

Tell DSA your:

  • name
  • driving licence number
  • date of birth
  • address
  • telephone number

DSA will then call you back. You’ll need a credit or debit card to pay the £25 fee for the replacement.

If your DQC doesn’t arrive

You should get your DQC within 15 days after completing either your initial qualification or your periodic training.

If you don’t receive it, contact DSA within 3 months of completing your tests or periodic training. They’ll re-issue it for free.

DSA Driver CPC enquiries

You must pay £25 if you wait longer than 3 months to tell DSA one of the following:

  • you didn’t receive your DQC
  • your licence details have changed
  • you have a foreign licence