Driving license category determines what kind of vehicles you are allowed to drive (or ride). See the detailed explanation below in the table:

Category Vehicle Min age
A Motorcycles with a sidecar and a power to weight ratio of up to 0.16 kW/kg 17
A Medium-sized motorcycles up to 25 kW (33 bhp) and a power to weight ratio of up to 0.16 kW/kg 17
A Any size motorcycle, with or without a sidecar if you have completed the large motorcycle Direct Access Scheme 21, a
A1 Light motorcycles with an engine size of up to 125 cc and a power output of up to 11 kW (14.6 bhp) 17
B Motor vehicles with a MAM of up to 3,500 kg, no more than eight passenger seats, with or without a trailer – weighing no more than 750 kg 17, b
B As category B but with a trailer weighing more than 750 kg. The total weight of the vehicle and the trailer together can’t weigh more than 3,500 kg. The weight of the trailer, when fully loaded, can’t weigh more than the unladen weight of the vehicle 17, b
B auto As category B with automatic transmission 17, b
B+E As category B but with a heavier trailer that isn’t covered in the descriptions for category B 17
B1 Motor tricycles, quadricycles and three or four wheeled vehicles with an unladen weight no more than 550 kg 17, b
C Vehicles over 3,500 kg, with a trailer up to 750 kg 21, c, d
C+E As category C but with a trailer over 750 kg 21, c, d
C1+E As category C1 but with a trailer weighing more than 750 kg. The total weight of the vehicle and the trailer together can’t weigh more than 12,000 kg. The weight of the trailer, when fully loaded, can’t weigh more than the unladen weight of the vehicle 21, c, d, e
C1 Vehicles weighing between 3,500 kg and 7,500 kg, with or without a trailer – weighing no more than 750 kg 18, c

a You can ride a large motorcycle at any age two years after passing a test on a medium-sized motorcycle

b Age 16 if you are currently getting Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate (mobility component)

c Age 17 if you are a member of the armed services

d You can drive these vehicles at age 18 if one of the following apply:

  • you have passed your driving test and Driver CPC initial qualification
  • you are learning to drive or taking a driving test for this category or Driver CPC initial qualification
  • you are taking a national vocational training course to get a Driver CPC initial qualification
  • you had your driving licence before 10 September 2009 – you must take the CPC periodic training within five years of this date

e Age 18 if you got your driving license before 10 September 2009 and the weight of the vehicle and trailer together is under 7,500 kg

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