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Minibus permit eligibility

You can apply for a minibus permit if you need to charge passengers, as long as:

  • you're driving it for a voluntary organisation that benefits the community, such as an educational, religious or sports organisation
  • the minibus service is only available for members of that organisation and not to the general public
  • the minibus maximum weight is not more than 3.5 tonnes (or 4.25 tonnes including any specialist equipment for the carriage of disabled passengers)
  • any charges are to cover running costs of the vehicle and are not for profit.

The minibus driver must:

  • have a full category B car driving licence, held for at least two years to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats
  • be 21 years old or over
    • if over 70 years of age, the driver must be able to meet the health standards for driving a D1 vehicle.

Minibus permit types

There are two types of permits for minibuses:

  • Small vehicles: carrying between 9 and 16 passengers 
  • Larger vehicles: for carrying more than 16 passengers.

Small vehicles are not classed as public service vehicles (PSV's), meaning a PSV Operators licence or PSV drivers licence are not required.

Larger vehicles are classed as PSV's and will require either a certificate of fitness or of initial fitness. The vehicle will be subject to inspection and prohibition by certifying officers and PSV examiners, however, the vehicle will not require a PSV licence or a PSV Operators licence.

Apply for a minibus permit

You can apply and pay online for a minibus permit. The permit fee is £25.

When applying online, you'll need to upload a copy of the vehicle MOT certificate.