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Licence Information





Driving Licence Categories

Information regarding the current drivers licence categories. Find out what categories you need on your licence to drive a specific vehicle.


Categories Class of Vehicle (Cars, Light Vans, Motorcycles and Mopeds)
A
Motor bicycles
New licence holders limited to 25kW/33bhp for first 2 years of licence unless large motorcycle test taken on Direct/Accelerated Access scheme

A1
Learner motorcycle (not exceeding 125cc 11kW/14.6bhp) CBT before going on road for learners

B
Motor vehicles not exceeding 3500kg M.A.M. and not exceeding 8 passenger seats (+ driver) towing trailer:
  • - not exceeding 750kg MA.M (4250kg tot) , OR
  • - trailer ex 750kg M.A.M. if max authorised combination weight does not exceed 3.5 tonnes and trailer M.A.M. does not exceed unladen weight of motor vehicle **
Holders of full licence before 1/1/97 retain entitlement to B+E, C1, C1+E (8.25 tonnes), D1 (not for hire or reward), and D1+E (not for hire or reward)

** Exemption - to tow damaged or defective vehicle from position where is likely to represent road safety hazard or obstruction to other road users so far as is reasonably necessary providing no consideration received for driving the vehicle - Regulation 7(7).

B+E
Cat B + trailers exceeding 750 kg M.A.M.
New drivers must hold Cat B licence and take a separate test

B1
3 or 4 wheel motor vehicles not exceeding 550 kg unladen (Quadricycles)
If they exceed 550kg they fall into Cat B

B1
(invalid carriages)
Motor vehicles in Cat B which are Invalid carriages

P
Moped
CBT required before going on road by all provisional licence holders and full licence holders who hold full entitlement as result of passing Cat B test on or after 1/2/2001.



Categories Class of Vehicle (Goods Vehicles, Tractors, Rollers and Electric Vehicles)
C
Motor vehicles( not falling in Cat D, F, G or H ) exceeding 3500 kg M.A.M. + trailer not exceeding 750kg M.A.M.
All drivers have to take a separate test and meet higher medical conditions.

C+E
Cat C vehicle + trailer exceeding 750 kg M.A.M.
All drivers must hold full Cat C licence, take a further test and meet higher medical conditions.

C1
Motor vehicles 3500 kg - 7500kg + trailer not exceeding 750kg M.A.M. ( limited to 7500kg total if under 21yrs).
New drivers must hold Cat B licence, take a separate test and meet higher medical conditions.

C1+E
Cat C1 + Trailer exceeding 750 kg M.A.M. providing the total maximum weight of the combination does not exceed 12000 kgs and M.A.M. of trailer does not exceed unladen weight of motor vehicle. (Under 21yrs limited to 7500kg)
New drivers must hold Cat C1 licence and take further test. Holders of licence valid prior to 1/1/97 limited C1+E (8.25 tonne) unless new test taken.

C1+E
(8.25 tonnes)
Cat C1 + Trailer exceeding 750 kg M.A.M. providing the total maximum weight of the combination does not exceed 8250kg - the M.A.M. of trailer may exceed unladen weight of motor vehicle.
Holders of licence valid prior to 1/1/97 limited to 8250kg unless new test taken for C1 + E. Under 21yrs limited to 7500kg.

F
Agricultural or forestry Tractor except Cat H vehicles.

G
Road Roller.

H
Tracked Vehicle which is steered by its tracks.

K
Mower or Pedestrian controlled vehicles

L
Vehicle propelled by electrical power



Categories Class of Vehicle (Passenger Vehicles)
D
Passenger vehicles over 8 seats (+ driver) + trailer not exceeding 750kg M.A.M.
All drivers have to take a separate test and meet higher medical conditions.

D+E
Cat D + trailer exceeding 750 kg M.A.M.
All drivers must hold full Cat D licence, take a further test and meet higher medical conditions.

D1
Passenger vehicles with 9 - 16 seats (+driver) + trailer not exceeding 750kg M.A.M.
All drivers will have to take a separate test and meet higher medical conditions.

D1+E
Cat D1 + trailer exceeding 750 kg M.A.M. providing the total maximum weight of the combination does not exceed 12000kg s and M.A.M. of trailer does not exceed unladen weight of motor vehicle.
All drivers must hold Cat D1 licence, and take a further test. This is a small PSV licence. Passengers must not be carried in a trailer.

D1
(not for hire or reward)
Passenger vehicles with 9 - 16 seats (+driver) + trailer not exceeding 750kg M.A.M. driven otherwise than for Hire or Reward.
New drivers will have to take a separate test and meet higher medical conditions. Voluntary and Permit vehicle drivers will not require D1 licence if certain conditions are met.

D1+E
(not for hire or reward)
Cat D1 + trailer exceeding 750 kg M.A.M. driven otherwise than for Hire or Reward.
The M.A.M. of trailer may exceed unladen weight of motor vehicle.
New drivers must hold Cat D1 licence, and take a further test.