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Adding Higher Categories to Driving Licence

Drivers with a full licence (category B) may be able to apply for provisional entitlements in a high category.

With an additional test, drivers who passed their test on or after 1st January 1997 may be able to upgrade to a higher category.

You will need to get provisional entitlement on a certain category to learn to drive in that category. You then work your way up the 'stages' i.e. full car licence to provisional licence for a lorry, minibus or bus.

The following table gives details of full licence categories that can apply for provisional entitlement in higher categories.

Provisional Entitlement RequiredFull Licence Desired
B+E*, G*, H*, C1, C, D1, DB
C1+EC1
C+EC
D1+ED1
D+ED

* With a full category B licence, provisional entitlement is granted automatically.

Upgrading your Licence

Once you have passed the test for a higher category vehicle, your lower category may be upgraded.

For example, and as a general rule, lorry entitlements can upgrade bus entitlements. Bus entitlements can not upgrade lorry entitlements. Both lorry and bus entitlements can upgrade car entitlements.

Full Licence Category HeldAdditional Test PassedUpgrading
B, C1C1+EB+E
B, D1D1+EB+E
B, C1, D1C1+EB+E, D1+E
B, C1, D1D1+EB+E
B, C1, CC+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

For further information write to the relevant DVLA department given at the address below:

Drivers Customer Services (DCS)
Correspondence Team
D12
DVLA
Swansea
SA6 7JL

Last updated: Monday 25th July 2011

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