DRIVERS LICENCES NUMBER 0843 455 0054

You need to do a number of things before riding a motorbike or driving a vehicle. You need to insure your vehicle, register it, pay tax, and acquire an MOT as well as a licence.

You will need a licence to drive any motor-vehicle on public roads; roads that Local authorities, Regions, Environment and Transport departments are accountable for. The Northern Ireland Environment department is in charge of its public roads.

However, in 2013; 19 January, the Third European Union Directive about driving licences was introduced. Every licence issued from that date must meet the stipulated Directive’s terms. The alterations mainly affected minibus, lorry and bus drivers, trailer towing drivers as well as motorcyclists.

Use the DVLA Number if you need any further help with the application process or completing forms.

PROVISIONAL LICENCE

Provisional licences can be given to those:

  • Who have never had a full driving licence
  • Who cannot prove their eligibility for a complete licence

Restrictions of Provisional Driving Licence

DVLA Number to call provisional licence
For motorbikes:

  • You are not allowed to ride motorbikes that are above 125 cc, and more than 14.6 bhp for Northern Ireland residents
  • You are not allowed to use public roads unless in the case of basic training
  • You cannot have passengers and there should be L plates both on the back and front
  • You cannot use motorways

For cars as well as other vehicles:

  • L plates (or D plates for Wales drivers) should be placed both on the rear and front side
  • You cannot use motorways
  • If your vehicle has 2 or more seats, you are only allowed to drive if you are with an experienced driver; who must be at least 21 years old with a complete driving licence

Nonetheless, these restrictions do not apply for those who have passed their driving exams and are in the waiting period for a complete driving licence. You can reach out through the DVLA number if you need any assistance with your provisional licence.

COMPLETE DRIVING LICENCE

DVLA number for full driving licence

For a UK resident to qualify for a full licence, they should present an application after passing their driving exam within the previous two years as a UK resident.

To get a complete licence from another country, you should follow the following steps:

  • If you got your licence in an EEA country, you may be allowed to use it in UK. However, if you want to, you can replace your licence with a complete Northern Ireland or Great Britain licence. Fill in a D1 form (DL1 for a Northern Ireland resident), attach your current licence and submit it to DVLA. There is a fee you will be required to pay, use the DVLA number for assistance.
  • If you got your licence in a non-EEA country, you are allowed to use the licence for one year in UK. After that, you can take an exam or replace the licence with a permit from the UK.

Limitations of a complete driving licence

  • Age of the driver
  • Supervision of the learner driver
  • Vehicle type registered in the driver’s licence
  • Medical condition of the driver

CATEGORIES OF DRIVING LICENCES

You are required to have a specific entitlement for driving a certain type of car. You can always use the DVLA number if you need any help with any of the applications.

    Mopeds

    Category AM

    This category allows you to drive a 3-wheeled or 2-wheeled car whose design speed is above 25km/h (15.5mph) and below 45km/h (28mph).

    This category includes quad bikes which have the following features:

    • unladen mass which should not go beyond 350kg (excluding batteries if the car is electric)
    • design speed between 25km or 15.5m/h and 45km or 28m/h

    Category P

    This one enables you to drive any 2-wheeled car with a minimum design speed of 45km or 28m/h and maximum of 50km or 31m/h. If the vehicle engine is of the internal combustion type, it should not be beyond 50cc.

    Category Q

    This gives you legal permission to drive all 2-wheeled cars which have:

    • below 50cc engine if it is of the internal combustion type
    • design speed below 25km or 15.5m/h

    Motorcycles

    Category A

    This allows you to ride:

    • motorbikes whose power output is above 35kW or power/weight ratio above 0.2kW/kg
    • motor tricycles whose power output is below 15kW

    You are also allowed to ride category A2 and A1 motorcycles.

    Category A1

    You are allowed to ride light motorbikes which have:

    • A maximum engine size of 125cc
    • Not more than 11kW power output
    • a power/weight ratio below 0.1kW/kg

    Motor tricycles which have power output below 15kW also fall in this category.

    Category A2

    You are allowed to ride motorbikes which have:

    • power output below 35kW
    • power/ weight ratio below 0.2kW/kg

    The motorcycle should not be a derivative of a car with more than twice its power. You are also allowed to ride category A1 motorcycles.

    Light quad bikes and vehicles

    Category B1

    This allows you to drive 4 wheel vehicles with less than 400kg unladen. Vehicles meant for carrying loads can have up to 550kg unladen.

    Cars

    Category B

    This allows you to drive vehicles with MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) below 3500kg and a capacity of not more than 8 passengers (towing a trailer of 750kg and below). You are allowed to drive tricycles which have power output above 15kW for drivers above the age of 21.

    Drivers with physical disabilities and have category B provisional entitlement are also entitled to category A or A1 motor tricycles.

    Drivers are able-bodied are not allowed to ride tricycles licenced with category B provision.

    Category B auto

    You are allowed to drive an automatic car in category B.

    Category B+E

    You are allowed to drive a car with 3500kg MAM towing a trailer. The trailer size is determined by the date of passing the driving test. If it was:

    • before 19/01/2013; you are allowed a trailer of any size
    • after or on 19/01/2013 you are allowed a 3500kg MAM trailer

    Medium vehicles

    Category C1

    You are allowed to drive vehicles of 3,500-7,500kg (towing a 750kg trailer).

    Category C1+E

    You are allowed to drive C1 vehicles; towing a trailer with more than 750kg. However, when the trailer is fully loaded, it should not be heavier than the towing vehicle.

    The total weight of the vehicle and the trailer should not go beyond 12 tons.

    Large vehicles

    Category C

    You are allowed to drive vehicles weighing more than 3,500kg (towing a trailer with 750kg and below).

    Category C+E

    You are allowed to drive vehicles of category C, towing a trailer with more than 750kg heavy.

    Minibuses

    Category D1

    This allows you to drive vehicles which have:

    • a capacity of up to 16 passengers
    • a length of up to 8 metres
    • a trailer weighing a maximum of 750kilos

    Category D1+E

    You are allowed to drive vehicles in the D1 category, towing a trailer weighing more than 750kg. However, when the trailer is full, it should not be heavier than the towing vehicle. If you are not very sure if any situation is legal, you can always reach out through DVLA number.

    The total weight of the vehicle and the trailer should not be more than 12tons.

    Buses

    Category D

    With this, you are allowed to drive any type of bus with a capacity of above 8 passengers (towing a trailer weighing 750kg and below).

    Category D+E

    You are allowed to drive vehicles of the category D vehicles, towing a trailer weighing more than 750kg.

OTHER VEHICLE CATEGORIES

F: Agricultural tractors

H: Tracked cars

G: Road Rollers

K: Pedestrian controlled cars

L: Electric vehicles

It is not compulsory for you to have a licence to ride mobility scooters, powered wheelchairs or electric bicycles.

DVLA Number 0843 455 0054.