How to Obtain a Minibus License

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How to Obtain a Minibus License
A minibus usually holds nine to 16 passengers. (On a bus image by Tasha from

A minibus is a commercial vehicle designed to transport passengers from one destination to another. Most minibuses can carry more passengers than a conventional vehicle, such as a car, truck, or van; however, they typically carry fewer passengers than a full-sized commercial bus, such as a city bus. Before you can legally drive a minibus, you need to be licensed.

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  1. 1

    Check your driver's license to see the year you received it. If you received it before January 1, 1997, you're legally able to drive a minibus using your regular motor vehicle driver's license until you have to renew it.

  2. 2

    Get a minibus entitlement with your license when you renew it or if you received your license after January 1, 1997. You'll need to be issued this entitlement before you can legally drive a minibus.

  3. 3

    Fill out a special application when you renew you license in order to be issued a minibus entitlement. This application proves that you've had a license to operate a motor vehicle and that you meet the medical requirements. Your local Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, or DVLA, can provide you with this application.

  4. 4

    Submit a D4 medical report form. This is part of the application process to receive a license to drive a minibus. This form is completed by a physician and should be submitted with your application to your local DVLA.

Tips and warnings

  • Contact your local DVLA if you have further questions about receiving a license to drive a minibus.

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