Additional information

  • A1 - Light motorcycles with a cubic capacity not exceeding 125cc and a power output not exceeding 11kW (14.6bhp).
  • A - Motorcycles up to 25kW(33bhp) and a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.16kW / kg. Motorcycle combination with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.16kW / kg.
  • A - Any size motorcycle with or without a sidecar.
  • B - Motor vehicles with a MAM not exceeding 3500kg having not more than 8 passenger seats with a trailer up to 750kg. Combinations of towing vehicles in category B and a trailer, where the MAM of the combination does not exceed 3500kg and the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle.
  • B Automatic - As cars, but with automatic transmission.
  • B+E - Cars with trailers, combinations of vehicles consisting of a vehicle in category B and a trailer, where the combination does not come within category B.
  • C1 - Lorries between 3500kg and 7500kg with a trailer up to 750kg.
  • C1+E - Lorries between 3500kg and 7500kg with a trailer over 750kg - total weight not more than 12000kg (if you passed your category B test prior to 1.1.1997 you will be restricted to a total weight not more than 8250kg).

For a full list of vehicles, see the following link to the DVLA website for related information

You will need to apply for a new licence. If you had a paper licence you will need to apply for a photo card licence. The form (D750) are available from the Post Office or you can telephone the DVLA on 0300 790 6801

I have just passed my driving test but have not sent off for my new licence.  Can I drive just using my provisional licence?

Yes you can but you should exchange your provisional licence for a full licence as soon as possible although you do have two years after you have passed your test.  Failure to obtain a full licence within that time will mean you have to re sit your driving test (theory and practical).

You should inform your insurance company as the details you provide them form the basis for the quote and the subsequent cover. If any of the details change, and if you do not inform them, it may invalidate your insurance cover.

Twelve penalty points on your licence within 3 years will mean that you face disqualification under the 'totting up' procedure.

Therefore, if you have 9 or more penalty points on your licence then you cannot accept any further fixed penalty tickets and must go to court.

There is a probationary period for newly qualified drivers of two years from the date that you passed your driving test. If you accumulate 6 or more penalty points before the end of the two year period, beginning on the date on which you first passed your test, your full driving licence will be revoked and you will revert back to a provisional licence holder and be required to re-sit your driving test.

It depends on the type of offence. For more serious offences the endorsement starts on the date of conviction, and for others on the date of the offence. (N.B. The codes shown in brackets below are the codes that show on your licence)

Totting Up (TT99) : If you get 12 or more points within a period of 3 years, you'll be disqualified under the Totting Up system, but at the end of disqualification the points accrued in those three years will normally no longer count against you.

However, if you have not been disqualified under the three years totting up, then the endorsement will be shown on your licence for the following differing periods of time:

11 years for: 
- Drinking/drugs & driving (DR10, DR20, DR30 and DR80)
- Causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink/drugs (CD40, CD50 and CD60) - Causing death by careless driving, then failing to provide a specimen for analysis (CD70)

4 years for: 
- Dangerous driving (DD40, DD60 and DD80) 
- Offences resulting in disqualification 
- Disqualified from holding a full licence until a driving test has been passed. 
- Other less serious endorsable offences (speeding, vehicle defects etc.).

After the relevant period, if you wish, you may apply for a new counterpart licence that will not have any record of the points/endorsement on it. You will need form D1 (previously D750) along with the appropriate fee.

It is not automatic that if you are banned from driving that you have to re take your test. At the time you are disqualified the court will tell you the exact terms of your disqualification. Although the courts do have the power to require you to take a driving test prior to obtaining your full licence again, it depends on the offence committed.


Drivers will automatically be sent application forms D27 and D750, 56 days before the period of disqualification ends. Drivers must complete both forms and enclose the appropriate fee. Drivers must also enclose original documentation confirming their identity and a passport sized colour photograph taken against a plain light background. Drivers should send their completed application and fee to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AB or alternatively they may be able to use the Post Office Checking Service.


Drivers will automatically be sent application form D27, 56 days before the period of disqualification ends. Drivers must complete the D27 form and enclose the appropriate fee. Drivers should send their completed application and fee to DVLA, address above.

Note: If their name has changed since their last licence was issued they must complete application form D27 and photocard application form D750 and enclose the appropriate fee. Drivers must also enclose original documentation confirming their new name. There is no requirement to supply a new photograph.


If a driver was disqualified for less than 56 days, the court will stamp their licence and give it back to them. The stamp will tell them how long they are disqualified for. Drivers do not need to renew their licence when the short period disqualification ends. Their licence becomes valid again the day after the expiry of the disqualification.

Visitors


Licences that are issued from a country within the European Community are valid in this country for as long as your licence remains valid. Your licence must clearly show your entitlement to drive and which categories of vehicle you are entitled to drive

Residents

Ordinary licence holders may drive in GB until their licence expires (usually aged 70). They can supervise a provisional licence holder once they have held their licence for over 3 years and must be over 21 years of age.

Vocational licence holders

  • Up to 45 years old or 5 years after becoming resident, whichever is the longer period of time.
  • Over 45 - 64: until your 66th birthday or 5 years after becoming resident whichever is the shorter period of time.
  • Over 65: for one year after becoming resident.

In order to drive in GB after this period then you must obtain a British Driving Licence.


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