How do I apply for a restricted operator’s licence

Are you looking for an easy and straightforward way to gain a Restricted Operator’s Licence (ROL) in the UK? If so, this article provides an overview of the whole procedure.

What is a restricted operator’s licence?

A restricted operator’s licence is a licence that usually allows you to carry your own goods within the United Kingdom and the EU. This licence is suitable for operators who only transport goods that are, or become and then remain, the operator’s own property.

The ROL licence is a great way to ensure that businesses are operating lawfully and to ensure that their goods are transported legally. It is important to remember that a ROL licence is not a substitute for having statutory licences and training and must not be used to transport goods for hire or reward – as this is strictly prohibited.

It is essential to remember that if an operator does manage to obtain a ROL licence, they must ensure that they adhere to the strict regulations set by the Traffic Commissioner. With many businesses relying heavily on the movement of goods, the ROL licence offers an easy and safe way to be compliant with all transport regulations.

What requirements are needed?

  • Have a good reputation and be eligible to hold a licence.
  • Have the necessary equipment or systems in place to look after their vehicles.
  • Make sure that all licensing regulations and laws are adhered to.
  • Show that they have the financial means and resources to run their business and take care of their vehicles.
  • Have designated a minimum of one operating centre where vehicles can be securely stored when not in use.

How do I apply for a restricted operator’s licence?

When to submit an application
You should submit your application for a licence at least nine weeks before you need it. This allows time for all the necessary checks to be processed. Usually, a licence is granted within nine weeks, although it can take longer.

It is illegal to operate your vehicle before a licence (or interim licence) has been issued. If you do, you can be prosecuted and your vehicle can be seized.

How to apply
You can apply for a goods vehicle operator’s licence online. Please make sure you’ve included all documentation with your application. Go to the Vehicle Operator Licensing system to access the application process and further information.

Additionally, you can apply for a light goods vehicle operator’s licence through the Vehicle Operator Licensing system with the guidance provided on ‘How to Apply for a van or other light goods vehicle operator licence’.

What are the fees and how much?

When applying for a goods vehicle operator’s licence, you’ll need to pay:

  • A one-off fee payable upon application – £257
  • A charge for the issue of a licence – £401
  • An extra fee for the issue of an interim licence (if applicable) – £68
  • You’ll then have to pay a continuation fee every 5 years to keep your licence valid – £401
  • If you make a major change to your licence, you will have to make an additional payment – £257

What are the conditions of a restricted operator’s licence?

This licence allows you to transport your own goods, but not those belonging to others. Your licence will remain in effect provided you pay the renewal fee every 5 years and abide by the conditions laid out in the licence. You’ll be contacted every 5 years to make sure the information listed on your licence is correct.


In summary, securing a Restricted Operator’s Licence (ROL) in the UK is fairly easy if all the requirements are met. Applicants must show they have a good reputation, the necessary equipment, resources, and financial means to run their business and adhere to licensing regulations. Applications for an ROL must be made at least nine weeks before they are needed as it can take up to this amount of time for the checks to be processed. Fees vary between £257 and £401, and the licence must be renewed every 5 years with a payment of £401. The licence allows operators to only transport their own goods and not those belonging to others.

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