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Driver Licence Entitlements and Age Requirements


Information regarding the current drivers licence categories. Find out what the legal age requirements are and what other categories you have to have to pass a new category.


Entitlements and Age Requirements

Categories Other Full Entitlements Provisional Entitlement Minimum Age Requirements Section 101 Road Traffic Act 1988
A
K, P, B1* (* B1 - only if test passed before 1/2/2001)
B, F
21 (17)
17yrs - Motorbicycle not exceeding 25kW/33bhp
21 years - Motorbicycle exceeding 25kW/33bhp
or 2 years after passing test (19yrs min) otherwise 17yrs if Motorcycle owned or operated by Secretary of State for Defence used for naval, military or airforce purposes, or being driven by a person subject to orders of member of British armed forces and used for naval, military or airforce purposes.

A1
P
A, B, F, K
17yrs - A1 is limited to 125cc/11kW/14.6bhp.

B
F, K, P*
* From 1/2/2001 new full cat B licence holders require basic training (CBT) before riding a moped Cat P
B1 and B1 (invalid carriages) - these sub-categories are included with a full Cat B licence although they are not shown on the licence

A, B+E,
G, H
17yrs (16 yrs - person in receipt of disability living allowance at the higher rate providing no trailer is drawn.)
B+E
(See above)
None
17

B1
K, P
A, B, F
17

B1 (invalid carriages)


K, P
A, B, F
16

C1
None
A, B, F
21


C1+E
B+E
A, B, F
18 yrs - providing the M.A.M of the combination does not exceed 7.5tonnes.


C1+E (8.25 tonnes)
B+E
A, B, F
17 yrs - vehicles owned or driven by persons under orders of the armed forces


C
None
C1+E, C+E
21
18 yrs - on an LGV training scheme.
17 yrs - vehicles owned or driven by persons under orders of the armed force.


C+E
B, E
C1+E, C+E
21
18 yrs - on an LGV training scheme.
17 yrs - vehicles owned or driven by persons under orders of the armed force.


D1 (not for hire or reward)
B+E
D1+E
21
An 18 year old may drive an ambulance

D1+E (not for hire or reward)


B+E
D1+E
21
D1
None
D1+E
21 yrs
18 yrs - provisional licence holder providing it is not engaged in the carrying of passengers (other than the supervisor and other trainees in the vehicle).
  • 18 yrs - full licence holder if the vehicle is a PSV using a PSV operators licence or a community bus permit and:
  • - the vehicle is in Category D1, or
  • - the vehicle is in any category and is engaged in the carriage of passengers on a regular service over a route not exceeding 50km.
17 yrs - Vehicles owned or driven by persons under the orders of the armed forces.


D1+E


B+E
 
D
None
D1+E, D+E
D+E
B+E
 
F
K
B, P
17
16 yrs if proceeding to, taking, returning from or having passed a Cat F test and vehicle is wheeled, vehicle + trailer not exceeding 2.45 metre width, trailer is two wheeled or close coupled (840 millimetres) 4 wheel


G
None
H
Age depends on which class of vehicle it falls into:
  • Invalid carriage - 16yrs
  • Moped - 16yrs
  • Motor bicycle - 17yrs
  • Agricultural or forestry tractor - 17yrs
  • Small Vehicle - 3.5t max gross wt, not exceeding 8 passengers + driver - 17 yrs
  • Medium-sized Goods Vehicle - 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes, goods not exceeding 8 passengers + driver - 18 yrs
  • Other Motor Vehicle - 21 yrs
H,
None
G
K
None
 
L
None
 
P
None
A, B, F, K
16 years


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