Licensing is one of our core statutory functions. If you want to operate a train, station, network or light maintenance depot you will need to be covered by a licence or licence exemption.

Through licensing we promote effective and efficient working relationships between industry parties and safeguarding the public interest.

Licensing the railway

An overview of railway licensing in Great Britain. Find out more information about the types of licences available and how we issue licences and licence exemptions to railway operators.

Train driving licences & certificates

Information about who needs train driver licences and certificates and how to apply for them. It also explains who needs to be recognised by ORR to carry out assessments of train drivers.