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New Driving Licence Categories


The Ďgroupsí or Ďcategoriesí on your licence may have changed if your driving licence was issued before 2013.

Driving licence categories changed in January 2013 and also several times before that. Before June 1990, the types of vehicles you could drive were known as Ďgroupsí. These are now known as Ďcategoriesí.

If your licence was issued before January 2013, find the equivalent new category in the table below and check what types of vehicles you can drive.

Licences issued between 1976 and 1986



Group Vehicles you can drive Category from 2013
AVehicles up to 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg; trailer over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isnít more than 3,500kg MAM B
A
Vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg
C1
AVehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isnít more than 12,000kgC1E (with restriction code 79 or 107)
AVehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer up to 750kgD1 (with restriction code 79 or 101)
A Vehicles in groups B, C, E, F, K, L and N belowSee below
B Group A vehicles (automatic only) Above categories (with restriction code 78)
C Any motor trike less than 410kg (500kg laden) B1 (excluding quad bikes)
D MotorbikeA1, A2 and A (depending on size of the motorbike)
EMoped up to 50cc (max speed 50km/h)AM, P and Q
J Invalid carriage (powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters)B1 (limited to invalid carriages)

Groups F, G, H, K, L, M, N keep the same category letters.

Licences issued between 1986 and June 1990



Group Vehicles you can drive Category from 2013
AVehicles up to 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg; trailers over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isnít more than 3,500kg MAMB
AVehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kgC1
A
Vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isnít more than 8.250kg
C1E (with restriction code 79 or 107)
AVehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer up to 750kgD1 (with restriction code 79 or 101)
A Vehicles in groups B, C, E, F, K, L and N below See below
BGroup A vehicles (automatic only) excluding automatic motor trikesAbove categories (with restriction code 78 and excluding B1)
CVehicle with 4 wheels up to 400kg unladenB1
DMotorbikeA1, A2 and A (depending on size of the motorbike)
E Moped up to 50cc (max speed 50km/h)AM, P and Q

Groups F, G, H, K, L, M, N keep the same category letters.


Licences issued between June 1990 and December 1996


Group Vehicles you can drive Category from 2013
AMotorbike with maximum speed of more than 50km/h or with engine over 50ccA1, A2 and A (depending on size of the motorbike)
B1 Vehicle with 4 wheels up to 400kg unladen or 550kg if intended to carry goodsB1
B Vehicles up to 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg; trailers over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isnít more than 3,500kg MAMB
C1 Vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kgC1
CVehicles over 3,500kg MAM carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kgC
D1Vehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer up to 750kg D1
DBus with more than 8 passenger seats with trailer up to 750kgD
EVehicles in categories B, C and D with trailersBE, CE, DE
FAgricultural tractorF
G Road roller G
H Tracked vehicle H
KMowing machine or pedestrian-controlled vehicleK
L Electrically-propelled vehicle L
PMoped up to 50cc (max speed 50km/h)AM, P and Q

M category vehicles are limited to trolley vehicles. N category vehicles (exempt from duty) keep the same category letter.

Larger vehicles on a separate licence



If you got your driving licence before June 1990 you may have had a separate licence that showed your entitlement to drive larger vehicles.

Group Vehicles you can drive Category from 2013
HGV 1Vehicle over 3,500kg with a trailer over 750kgCE
HGV 2 or 3Vehicle over 3,500kg with a trailer up to 750kgC
HGV 2 or 3 Vehicle over 3,500kg with a trailer over 750kg (draw-bar only)CE (with restriction code 79 or 102)
PSV 1 or 2Passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) (more than 8 passenger seats) with a trailer over 750kgDE
PSV 3PCV (more than 8 passenger seats) with a trailer up to 750kgD
PSV 4PCV (more than 8 passenger seats) and less than 5.5 metres longD (with restriction code 79 or 105)
HGV 1-3AAutomatic vehicles only in group HGV 1-3C or CE (with restriction code 78)
PSV 1-4AAutomatic vehicles only in group PSV 1-4D or DE (with restriction code 78)

Licences issued between January 1997 and 14 October 2012



Group Vehicles you can drive Category from 2013
PMoped up to 50cc (max speed 50km/h)AM, P and Q
A1Motorbikes with engine size up to 125cc, power output up to 11kW and power/weight ratio up to 0.1kW/kgA1
AMotorbikes up to 25kW power output and power weight ratio up to 0.16kW/kg; motorbikes with sidecar and power weight ratio up to 0.16kW/kg; any size motorbike, with or without a sidecar if youíve completed the large motorbike direct access schemeA
B13 or 4-wheeled vehicles up to 400kg unladen or 550kg if intended to carry goods B1 for 4-wheeled vehicles; A (restricted to trikes)
B Vehicles up to 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) and up to 8 passenger seats with trailer up to 750kg; trailers over 750kg if combined weight of vehicle and trailer isnít over 3,500kg and the fully-loaded trailer doesnít weigh more than the unladen vehicleB
B auto Automatic category B vehicles Ė you canít drive manual category B vehicles with this entitlementB auto
B+ECategory B vehicles with trailer when combined weight of vehicle and trailer is over 3,500kgBE
C1
Vehicles weighing 3,500 to 7,500kg MAM with trailers up to 750kg
C1
C1+ECategory C1 vehicles with trailers over 750kg; the fully-loaded trailer canít weigh more than the vehicle and combined weight of vehicle and trailer canít be over 12,000kgC1E
CVehicles over 3,500kg with trailers up to 750kgC
C+EVehicles over 3,500kg with trailer over 750kgCE
D1 Vehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer up to 750kgD1
D1+EVehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer over 750kg if combined trailer and vehicle weight isnít over 12,000kgD1E
DBus with more than 8 passenger seats with trailer up to 750kgD
D+EBus with more than 8 passenger seats with trailer over 750kgDE
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