If you are thinking about starting your career as a HGV driver, here are a few steps you need to take before you can become a lorry driver in the UK. The below guide will explain the whole process step by step to get your category C and C+E driving licence.
Category C (or Class 2)
A category C licence allows drivers to drive vehicles over 3,500 kg with a trailer up to 750kg maximum authorised mass (MAM)
Category C+E (or Class 1)
This is the most comprehensive HGV driving licence you can hold. It allows drivers to drive vehicles over 3,500kg with a trailer over 750kg (MAM) including a double trailer.
To become a professional HGV driver you need to fulfil the following requirements:
Provisional entitlement required
Full licence needed
B+E*, G*, H*, C1, C, D1, D
* You automatically get provisional entitlement to these categories with a full B (car) licence
Similarly to the car driving licence this is done through DVLA website. You will require 2 forms:
Drivers who pass their category C practical test and then apply for category C+E provisional licence will not need another medical. If a driver gains the full entitlement a medical must be renewed every 5 years from 45 up to 65, then annually from 65.
Once you have your form D4 and D2 completed you send them along with photocard driving licence to DVLA. The address is:
There is no application fee.
You should get your driving licence within 3 weeks of DVLA getting your application. It can take longer if your health or personal details need to be checked.
The next step is a four-part theory test called the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). You usually need to pass 4 tests to get this Certificate, unless you have ‘acquired rights‘ because of your existing driving experience.
Parts of the CPC test:
You can read about all of the four driver CPC tests here, and how to book each of them through the DVLA website.
You need the full driver CPC if lorry driving is the main part of your profession.
Every 5 years you must:
If you’re 65 or over you must renew your lorry or bus driving licence every year.
You can get a £50 fixed penalty for driving professionally without your Driver CPC card.
Cost of the CPC test:
These are the prices to book your tests using the official service. Unofficial websites may charge more.
Evening, weekend and bank holiday
Driver CPC part 1 –
Driver CPC part 1 –
Driver CPC part 2 –
Driver CPC part 3 –
Driver CPC part 4 –
Driver CPC card (non-UK driving licences only)
Replacement for lost, stolen or damaged card
Once you’ve passed all parts of the driver CPC you will be sent a card, which you must carry at all times when driving a lorry professionally.
Once you have booked and passed the theory tests, you will need to find a good training provider to prepare you for the practical tests. Before you choose any training schools check out a few of them and select the one that suits you the best.
The practical test cost £115 during a week and £141 during evenings, weekends and bank holidays.
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