Are you considering venturing into the world of transportation and logistics? To legally operate commercial vehicles, passenger carriers, or goods transportation, you’ll need to obtain an operator’s licence. Since August 2022, the process has become more streamlined and efficient with the introduction of the online Vehicle Operator Licensing (VOL) service. If you haven’t used the online service before, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! In this blog, we’ll walk you through the process of registering for the VOL service and applying for an operator’s licence. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Register for the VOL Service
To begin, you’ll need to register for the VOL service by following this link: Click Here. Clicking on the link will take you to a new web page where you can start the registration process.
Step 2: Start the Registration Process
Once you’ve landed on the registration page, look for the prominent green button that says “Start Now” and click on it.
Step 3: Create Your Account
To proceed, you’ll need to create an account on the registration page. Provide the following details:
- First Name
- Your email address
- Confirm your email address
Additionally, you’ll be asked whether you already hold a vehicle operator’s licence or have an application in progress. For first-time applicants, select “No.”
Step 4: Enter the Company Name and Business Type
If you’re applying on behalf of a company, you’ll see a box to type in your company name. Ensure that you input the correct and complete company name.
Next, you’ll need to specify the type of business you are running. Options include:
- Limited Company
- Sole Trader
- Limited Liability Partnership
- Other (please specify)
Step 5: Read and Accept Terms & Conditions
Before proceeding, it’s important to read the terms and conditions thoroughly. By ticking the box to confirm that you’ve read and understood the terms, you ensure that you are fully aware of what you are agreeing to.
Step 6: Create Your Account
With all the necessary information filled out and the terms accepted, hit the green “Create Account” button to finalize your registration.
Step 7: Check Your Email
Once you’ve successfully created your account, you’ll receive an email at the provided email address. This email will contain a temporary password and a link to sign in to your account.
Step 8: Sign In and Set Your Password
Follow the link provided in the email to access the sign-in page. Enter your username and the temporary password from the email. You’ll then be asked to confirm your current password and create a new password that you will remember. Confirm the new password and click “Save.”
Step 9: Apply for a New Licence
After setting your password, you’ll be directed to your account page. Look for the “Apply for a New Licence” button and click on it.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully registered for the VOL service and are on your way to completing the application process for your operator’s licence. Now you’re one step closer to realising your transportation business dreams.
For additional guidance about “How to apply for a operators licence” and resources on starting and managing your transportation business, consider exploring the comprehensive online course offered by NTP Online Learning.
Remember to comply with all regulations and requirements specific to your region to ensure a smooth and successful application process.