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Professional drivers

9. Driver CPC card

  

Once you get your CPC licence you must then apply for your driver CPC card. You cannot drive professionally until you receive this card.

You may also qualify for a driver CPC card if you are a driver who:

  • holds Acquired Rights - this means you were already working as a professional driver and obtained your truck driving licence on or before 9 September 2009

How to apply for your driver CPC card

To apply for your driver CPC card:

Your driver CPC card will be sent to the address you have provided within 20 working days of application.


How to replace a lost, stolen or damaged driver CPC card

You must always carry your Driver CPC card while driving a truck or bus professionally.

If you are stopped by an RSA Transport Officer or An Garda Síochána and you do not have your driver CPC card, penalties will apply.

The fee to replace your Driver CPC card if it's lost, stolen or damaged is €50.00.

To replace your driver CPC card:

  1. download and print the request for replacement of driver CPC card form
  2. complete the form and sign the declaration
  3. enclose payment by cheque or postal order for €50.00
  4. send your completed form and payment to:

CPC Unit
Road Safety Authority
Primrose Hill
Ballina
Co. Mayo
F26 V6E4


How to renew your driver CPC card and stay qualified

Getting your CPC card is just one of the steps to becoming a safe and competent professional driver. Your CPC card along with your full licence in the required category allows you to operate as a professional driver.

To maintain your driver CPC card, you must attend mandatory RSA training. Every five years you must:

  • attend one seven-hour driver CPC training module per year with an RSA-approved CPC training organisation (35 hours over five years)
  • attend a total of 42 hours of driver CPC training modules if you hold bus and truck driver CPC and wish to maintain both.

In each case, training must last for one day (a minimum of seven hours per day) and is compulsory.

CPC periodic refresher training is only provided by RSA-approved trainers at RSA approved training centres. When booking your training module, make sure your trainer and training centre are approved. Unapproved training will not count towards your driver CPC.

If you have returned to professional driving and are compliant in your 35-hour periodic training requirements on your MyCPC portal and you have not received your renewed driver CPC card before the current card has expired, you can submit a query to the RSA.


Frequently asked questions

No. You can only drive a truck or bus professionally until you have a driver CPC card, even if you have applied for one and are waiting for it to arrive. If you are stopped by an RSA Transport Officer or An Garda Síochána and you do not have your Driver CPC card, penalties will apply.

If you are a first-time applicant and have not received your driver CPC card within 20 days of applying, you can  submit a query to the RSA.

If you have returned to professional driving and are compliant in your periodic training requirements and you have not received your renewed driver CPC card before the current card has expired, you can submit a query to the RSA.

You may be permitted to return to work as a professional driver without the need to undergo the full process to re-qualify for a driver CPC card, if you are a driver:

You may also qualify for a driver CPC card if you are a driver:

This means you were already working as professional driver and obtained your truck driving licence on or before 9 September 2009.