Getting a LGV licence
Get A LGV Licence
Applying for a provisional lorry or bus licence
The category of provisional licence you need depends on the type of vehicle you want to drive.
How to apply
To apply, order forms D2 and D4 from DVLA.
The D4 form has to be filled in by a doctor. This could be either:
- your GP - but an optician might need to fill in the section about your eyesight
- a private firm specialising in drivers’ medical exams
Your doctor, optician or a private firm can charge you.
You can only apply for a provisional trailer (+E) licence when you’ve got the full licence for the vehicle you’ll be driving.
When you do not need the full Driver CPC
You do not need the full Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification if you’re using the vehicle for:
- non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods
- carrying material or equipment you use for your job, as long as driving is less than 30% of your rolling monthly working time
- driving lessons for anyone who wants to get a driving licence or a Driver CPC
- driving to or from pre-booked appointments at official vehicle testing centres
- driving within 62 miles (100 kilometres) of your base - but the vehicle cannot be carrying passengers or goods, and driving a lorry, bus or coach cannot be your main job
- maintaining public order - and the vehicle is being used or controlled by a local authority
- rescue missions or in states of emergency
- driving for an agriculture, horticulture, forestry, farming or fisheries business, as long as driving is less than 30% of your rolling monthly working time
You also do not need the full Driver CPC if the vehicle is:
- limited to a top speed of 28mph
- being used or controlled by the armed forces, police, fire and rescue service, emergency ambulance service, prison service or people running a prison or young offender institution
You can read detailed examples of Driver CPC exemptions.
If you are not sure if you need the Driver CPC, you should seek legal advice.
What you need to do
If you want to become a lorry, bus or coach driver in these situations you need to:
Apply for a provisional lorry or bus licence.
You need to renew your bus or lorry licence every 5 years when you reach 45 and every year when you reach 65.
Driver CPC part 1 test: theory
The test is made up of 2 parts - multiple choice and hazard perception. You have to book both parts separately, but you can take them on the same day.
It does not matter which one you take first but you need to pass both within 2 years of each other to get your theory test certificate.
What to take to your test
You must bring one of the following:
- a Great Britain photocard driving licence
- a Northern Ireland photocard driving licence and paper counterpart
- an EU photocard driving licence (and paper counterpart, if you have one)
If you do not have a photocard driving licence, bring your paper licence and a valid passport.
Driver CPC part 2 test: theory
How the test works
The test is made up of 7 case studies you work through on a computer. The case studies are short stories based on situations that you’re likely to come across in your working life.
You’ll be asked between 6 and 8 multiple-choice questions on each case study.
The test lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and the pass mark is 40 out of 50.
Your test result
You’ll get a letter with the results at the test centre.
You need the test pass reference number when you book your Driver CPC part 4 practical demonstration test.
The pass letter is valid for 2 years.
Driver CPC part 3 test: Practical Driving Test
How the test works
Your practical test will last about 1 hour and 30 minutes and includes:
- vehicle safety questions
- practical road driving
- off-road exercises
Vehicle safety questions
During your test you’ll be asked vehicle safety questions on either:
Practical road driving
During your practical road driving, the examiner will see how you:
- use the vehicle controls
- move away at an angle, uphill and downhill
- do a controlled stop
- use the mirrors
- give appropriate signals
- show awareness and anticipation of other road users’ intentions
- manage your progress and control your vehicle speed
- deal with hazards
- select a safe place to stop
There will also be 10 minutes of independent driving, designed to test your ability to drive safely while making independent decisions.
The off-road exercises will include:
- an ‘S’ shaped reverse into a bay
- showing the uncoupling and recoupling procedure if you’re taking a test with a trailer
During the test
You can carry on if you make a mistake during your driving test.
If you make a mistake which means you’ve failed, your driving examiner will direct you back to the driving test centre. The test will end early.
After you’ve taken the practical test your examiner will tell you if you’ve passed and explain how you did.
You’ll pass your test if you make:
- 15 or fewer driving faults
- no serious or dangerous faults
If you fail, you can book another driving test straight away, but you cannot take it for another 3 clear working days.
Driver CPC part 4 test: Practical CPC Module 4 Test
How the test works
You’re tested on being able to:
- load the vehicle following safety rules and to keep it secure
- stop trafficking in illegal immigrants
- assess emergency situations
- reduce physical risks to yourself or others
- do a walkaround vehicle safety check
The test is made up of 5 topics from the Driver CPC syllabus. You can score up to 20 points for each topic.
To pass you have to score at least 15 out of 20 in each topic area and have an overall score of at least 80 out of 100.