Driver documents required for international road haulage



Last updated 22 March 2022

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 United Kingdom 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 European Union (EU) countries for your own use.

Check the foreign travel advice for any COVID-19 requirements for the countries you’re travelling to. You do not need to take any COVID-19 travel tests to enter the UK. This applies whether you’re vaccinated or not.

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.