You may be able to drive a minibus if you hold a car driving license and follow certain conditions - otherwise you’ll need to apply for a minibus license.
If the minibus is not for ‘hire or reward’
You may be able to drive a minibus with up to 16 passenger seats using your current car driving license as long as it’s not for ‘hire or reward’ - ie there’s no payment from or on behalf of the passengers.
You held a driving license before 1 January 1997
You can drive a minibus in the UK and on temporary visits abroad.
When your car license is next renewed at the age of 70, you’ll need to re-apply for your entitlement and meet higher medical standards.
You obtained your driving license after 1 January 1997
You can drive a minibus within the UK as long as the following conditions apply:
You can apply for a minibus permit if you need to charge passengers, as long as:
Apply for a minibus permit from your local authority, or contact the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).
You need a public service vehicle (PSV) operator’s license to: