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The DVSA has published two important updates for hauliers who operate outside the UK. One concerns test exemptions, while the other regards the Driver Qualification Card.

The update for test exemptions reads as follows:

As some vehicles and trailers continue to operate under 3 or 12-month exemptions, we have published a letter which can be carried as evidence of annual test expiry date extensions.

The letter shows all the new test dates by month, for 3 and 12-month exemptions.

It is not a legal requirement to carry this letter, but it might help if you are stopped outside the UK.

What you can do

We have already published guidance on vehicle documents HGV drivers need and vehicle documents PSV drivers need to cross international borders in a UK-registered vehicle.

The guidance pages have been updated to include a copy of the exemptions letter to download.

You may also carry either:

  • a copy of our email confirming exemptions have been applied to vehicles on your specific O licence
  • a print out from MOT test history of the vehicle’s test history

Getting help

If your vehicle should have an exemption and the expiry date has not been updated, you can email us at test.exemptions@dvsa.gov.uk

The DVSA also announced an update on the Driver Qualification Card (DQC):

To help ensure that drivers transporting goods or passengers have up-to-date documentation, we will issue new DQCs to drivers who had previously received 7 months extended validity.

The new cards will show the extended expiry date of the Driver CPC qualification. 

Drivers will automatically receive their new card in the post. They must carry this card on their person at all times when driving professionally. For further questions, email us at dcpc_cc@dvsa.gov.uk


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