Driver documents required for international road haulage

Introduction

Guide

You need to carry certain documents if you're the driver or a passenger in a lorry or other heavy goods vehicle (HGV) that crosses international borders.

These include:

  • a valid UK driving licence
  • an international driving permit (IDP) if you need one for the countries you’re travelling in
  • a valid Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) card
  • a valid passport
  • healthcare documents

There’s separate guidance about the HGV and trailer documents you need, and the rules about taking food and drink into EU countries for your own use.

You can check your HGV is ready to cross the border to prove you have the right EU import and commodities documents for the goods it’s carrying before you cross the Great Britain-EU border.

Several countries have introduced COVID-19 testing requirements for hauliers. The rules are different in each country.

Check the COVID-19 testing rules before you travel and take the necessary action.

This guide aims to provide details of the main documents you must have with you to satisfy the regulations as you cross each international border.