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Applying for a provisional driving licence to drive larger vehicles


If you want to learn to drive larger vehicles, minibuses or buses, you will need to apply for provisional entitlement for these vehicles to be added to your driving licence.

Applying for provisional entitlement

If you currently hold a valid full paper licence and want to add provisional entitlement to drive larger vehicles, minibuses and buses you must complete the application form D2 and the medical report form D4. These are available from the DVLA form ordering service. The D4 has to be completed by a doctor and you should ensure that all the relevant questions are completed. The doctor will normally charge you for completing the report and those registered for VAT are also required to charge an additional 17.5 per cent on top of their fee.

It is also necessary to return original documentation confirming your identity, a passport style colour photograph and your current paper driving licence. There is no fee required for the application. The address to send this information is The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Swansea, SA99 1BR or you may be able to use the Post Office checking service. For further information please see Identity documents and photograph criteria.

If you hold a valid full photocard driving licence and want to apply for a provisional driving licence to drive larger vehicles, minibuses and buses all that is needed is the completion of the application form D2 and the medical report form D4. You must also enclose your photocard driving licence (with the D740 paper counterpart) to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BR.

When to expect your licence

DVLA aims to deliver your driving licence to you within three weeks of receiving your application. It will take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked.

When your licence is issued it will now have a number of added security features. One of the main differences being a laser engraved black and white photograph.

Plastic wallets

Please note that DVLA no longer issues plastic wallets with photocard driving licences. This decision was taken primarily to help minimise the costs of issuing licences to the public. The agency has also received numerous complaints from members of the public about the size of the plastic wallet. Consequently many drivers discard the wallet and use a different way of protecting their licence. Old plastic wallets sent in to the agency cannot be returned.


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.

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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.)
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