HGV/PSV Operator Licensing

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It’s crucial to fulfil your obligations when submitting an Application or Variation for an Operator’s Licence. The application needs to be accurate, meet your needs, and anticipate potential obstacles to reduce any delays. Online applications may take a minimum of 7 weeks, and unnecessary delays can harm business plans.

At Foster Transport Compliance, our expert team, with over 100 years of combined knowledge and experience can assist any operator with their application. We can guide clients through the process and anticipate potential challenges, including:

The process can be complex and confusing, and the guides issued run to 48 pages. For your convenience, below are the links to the Operator’s License Guides:

Goods Vehicle Operator Licensing Guide (GV74)
PSV operator licensing guide (PSV437)

Cost of an Operators Licence:

If you are applying for a new licence or a change to your existing licence, you will have to pay a one-off application fee of £257.

If your application is successful, you’ll have to pay an additional £401 licensing fee, which covers your licence for a five-year period. After these five years, you can continue your licence for an additional fee of £401

If you’re applying for an interim licence, you’ll be required to pay a fee of £68

Give Foster Transport Compliance a call and let us handle the complex process for you.

To talk to us about Foster Compliance, please call 01772 655155 or fill out our contact form.

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Operator Licensing FAQs

If you have a question that has not been answered in our FAQs, get in touch with us and a member of the Foster Transport Compliance team will be able to provide further details.

Any individual or organisation that uses a commercial vehicle to transport goods or passengers in exchange for payment needs an Operator's Licence.

Yes, certain types of vehicles are exempt from requiring an Operator's Licence, such as those used for personal use or those under a certain weight.

The type of operator's licence required depends on the type of transportation being conducted. Standard national is for transportation within the UK, standard international is for transportation between the UK and other countries, and restricted is for smaller operations.

If you're applying for a standard national or international operator's licence, you must have a transport manager. Their role is to ensure that your operations comply with regulations, and they act as the main point of contact with the authorities.

Foster Transport Compliance has a team with extensive knowledge and experience in assisting clients with their operator's licence applications. We can guide you through the process, anticipate potential challenges, and ensure that your application is accurate and meets your needs. Our goal is to help you avoid unnecessary delays that could harm your business plans.

A Wealth of Experience in Transport Compliance

For more than 55 years, Foster Transport Compliance has been providing top-of-the-line service in tachograph systems, maintenance system compliance, operator licensing and compliance audits. From individual drivers to multinational companies, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and professional approach.

Expert Witness Service

As Expert Witnesses, we are available for Solicitors, Operators or individuals.

Compliance Audits and Support

All of our audits are undertaken by recognised experts in their subject area.

Training Courses and Events

Fully accredited Driver CPC training provider with recognised transport experts.


Our comprehensive tachograph analysis services ensure full compliance with regulations.
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Ensure Continuous and Effective Management of Compliance

Many operators are not thoroughly audited and only a few undertake internal audits. Even fewer have a “tick-box” approach to auditing. This is problematic because as we have seen, many clients come to us after a major compliance issue has arisen, at which point the underlying problem has been detected by the enforcement body. Get in touch with us to find out more about you can proactively monitor and audit systems.