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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 Required||Full Licence Desired|
|B+E*, G*, H*, C1, C, D1, D||B|
*With a full category B licence, provisional entitlement is granted automatically.
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 Held||Additional Test Passed||Upgrading|
|B, C1, D1||C1+E||B+E, D1+E|
|B, C1, D1||D1+E||B+E|
|B, C1, C||C+E||B+E, C1+E|
|B, C1, C, D1, D||D+E||B+E, D1+E|
|B, C1, C, D1, D||C+E||B+E, C1+E, D1+E, D+E|
For further information contact the DVLA.
Last updated: Thursday 30th May 2019