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

The Train Driving Licences and Certificates Regulations 2010 (TDLCR) give duties to different organisations and people and we have produced a series of separate guides to explain the duties and responsibilities arising from the TDLCR. Together these guides form a complete set of guidance for all aspects of the TDLCR.