Driver Vehicle Standards Agency
ECMT permits allow you to transport most types of goods (or drive an empty vehicle) through ECMT member countries.
You might need ECMT permits for journeys to or through the EU from 1 January 2021.
Check if you need ECMT permits.
Check if youre eligible to apply.
Apply for ECMT permits.
If you get permits, get an ECMT certificate of compliance for your vehicle or trailer from its manufacturer.
Apply for an ECMT certificate of roadworthiness for your vehicle or trailer.
You will need to follow rules about using your ECMT permits, including your drivers carrying the right documents.
Check if you need ECMT permits
You need an ECMT permit to transport most types of goods (or drive an empty vehicle) through the EU (except Cyprus), Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the UK to these 13 countries:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine.
Cyprus is not part of the ECMT scheme. You cannot use an ECMT permit to transport goods through Cyprus to ECMT countries.
You might need ECMT permits for journeys to or through the EU from 1 January 2021. You should apply for these in case theyre needed. This page will be updated if anything changes.
What you do not need ECMT permits for
You do not need ECMT permits for journeys in 2020 entirely within the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the UK. You can still use your EU Community Licence for international road haulage until 31 December 2020.
You can transport some types of goods without ECMT permits. Check pages 11 and 13 of the ECMT user guide for the list.
What you cannot use ECMT permits for
You cannot use ECMT permits:
- to travel through ECMT countries to countries that are not in the scheme
- for cabotage (loading and unloading goods for hire or reward between 2 points in a country by a vehicle thats not registered in that country)
To apply for an ECMT permit, you must:
- have a vehicle operator licence for Great Britain or a vehicle operator licence for Northern Ireland
- have Euro VI or Euro V emissions standard vehicles (depending on the type of permit youre applying for)
Apply for permits for 2020
You can buy 30-day permits if you plan to travel through the EU (except Cyprus), Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland in 2020 to one of these countries:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine.
How to buy the permits
Email DVSA to buy the permits.
DVSA International Road Haulage Permits Office
You need to include:
- your operator licence number
- the journey destination (it must be either Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine)
- proof that youll be travelling to this country in 2020 (for example, a contract to import and export, or evidence of recent or regular to the country)
- how many permits you need
- which type of vehicle youll use (Euro V or Euro VI)
Apply for permits for 2021
You need to apply for permits for 2021 by 11:59pm on 20 November 2020.
Permits will only be allocated after the application period has ended. They are not allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
To apply, you need:
- your username and password to manage your vehicle operator licence
- a debit or credit card to pay the application fee
When you sign in, select the Permits tab to apply.
Before you start
You need to know:
- which countries youll need to transport goods to or through in 2021
- the number of international trips you made in 2019 (an outward and return trip counts as one trip)
- the percentage of international trips you made in 2019
- if your journeys include transit (passing through one or several EU countries, without collecting or delivering goods in the EU, before reaching a non-EU destination such as Switzerland)
- if your journeys include cross-trade (moving goods between 2 ECMT member countries)
- the emissions class of the vehicle youll be using the permits in (most permits are for Euro VI vehicles only, but a small number will be available for Euro V vehicles)
- which sector you mainly transport goods in
The sectors you can choose from are:
- food products
- mail and parcels
- raw materials and waste
- refined fuels
- transport and machinery
- unrefined fuels
- other non-metallic mineral products
- none of these sectors (youll be able to select this if you do not transport goods mainly in one of the other sectors)
Its illegal to make a false statement to apply for a permit. Your operator licence can be taken away, suspended or restricted, and permits can be temporarily or permanently taken away from you.
What happens next
DVSA will allocate permits after the application period has ended. They will be allocated based on a set criteria.
Youll get an email telling you if youve been allocated a permit.
You must pay the permit fee within 10 calendar days if youre allocated a permit.
Youll get the permits by first class recorded delivery.
You have to pay a non-refundable 10 application fee for each permit.
You then have to pay for the actual permit. It costs:
- 10 per permit for short-term permits (for use in 2020)
- 123 per permit for an annual ECMT permit (for use in 2021)