Adding higher categories to your driving licence

Adding higher categories to your driving licence

Adding higher categories to your driving licence

Adding higher categories to your driving licence

Get a ‘provisional entitlement’ and then take a test to get higher categories added to your licence. You may also be automatically entitled to lower categories if you pass a higher category driving test.

Check online to see which vehicles you can drive at the moment.

Staging – adding higher category entitlements to your licence

If you have the right entitlement on your licence. You can then apply for provisional entitlement for a higher category of vehicle to be put on your license. We call this ‘staging’.

For example, you must have a full car licence before you can apply for provisional entitlement to drive a lorry,

Once you’ve got the provisional entitlement you can take the test for the new category.

If you pass the driving test for a larger vehicle category. Sometimes you’ll have lower categories upgraded automatically.

If you have a licence with entitlements for vehicle categories B and C1 and then pass the C1+E test. You’ll not only get an entitlement to drive C1+E vehicles. But you will upgrade automatically to drive B+E category vehicles.

The rules are different for trailer entitlements. If you get the trailer entitlement for a larger vehicle. You won’t get the trailer entitlement for the smaller vehicles you’d normally get through upgrading.

As a guideline:

  • lorry entitlements can upgrade bus entitlements
  • bus entitlements can’t upgrade lorry entitlements
  • both lorry and bus entitlements can upgrade car entitlements

The table shows the original vehicle categories held, the higher vehicle category that’s been passed and the vehicle categories that will be upgraded automatically.

Full category heldNew test passedUpgrading
B, C1C1+EB+E
B, D1D1+EB+E
B, C1, D1C1+EB+E
B, C1, D1D1+EB+E
B, C, C1, D1C+EB+E, C1+E
B, C1, C, D1, DD+EB+E, D1+E
B, C1, C, D1, DC+EB+E, C1+E, D1+E, D+E

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