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

We've created a range of guides to explain the different responsibilities within the Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010 (TDLCR). Together these guides provide comprehensive information on all aspects of the TDLCR.