The UK driving licence categories - what car can you drive on your licence?

We explain all of the UK driving licence categories, describe what car can you drive with your licence and tell you how to upgrade your licence so you can do more with it...

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Jim Holder
8 Jun 2015 09:58 | Last updated: 13 Jun 2018 19:52

Driving licence categories have changed over the years - here we explain what the codes written on your licence mean today.

Licences issued between 1976 and 1986 - new category specification from 2013

WAS Group A, NOW Category BVehicles up to 3500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) carrying no more than eight passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg; trailer over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isn’t more than 3500kg MAM

WAS Group A, NOW Category C1Vehicles between 3500kg and 7500kg carrying no more than eight passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg

WAS Group A, NOW C1E (with restriction code 79 or 107)Vehicles between 3500kg and 7500kg carrying no more than eight passengers plus driver with trailer over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isn’t more than 12,000kg

WAS Group A NOW D1 (with restriction code 79 or 101)Vehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer up to 750kg

WAS Group A NOW f, G, H, k, l, M or NSee below

WAS Group B, NOW f, G, H, k, l, M or N (with restriction code 78)Group A vehicles (automatic only)

WAS Group C, NOW Group B1 (excluding quad bikes)Any motor trike less than 410kg (500kg laden)

WAS Group D NOW A1, A2 and A (depending on size of the motorbike)Motorbike

WAS Group E, NOW Group AM, p or QMoped up to 50cc (max speed 50km/h)

WAS Group J NOW B1 (limited to invalid carriages)Invalid carriage (powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters)

Groups f, G, H, k, l, M, n keep the same category letters

Licences issued between 1986 and June 1990 - new category specification from 2013

WAS Group A, NOW Group BVehicles up to 3500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) carrying no more than eight passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg; trailers over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isn’t more than 3500kg MAM

WAS Group A, NOW Group C1Vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg

WAS Group A, NOW Group C1E (with restriction code 79 or 107)Vehicles between 3500kg and 7500kg carrying no more than eight passengers plus driver with trailer over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isn’t more than 8.250kg

WAS Group A, NOW Group D1 (with restriction code 79 or 101)Vehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer up to 750kg

WAS Group A, NOW B, C, E, f, k, l or n belowSee below

WAS Group B NOW Groups B, C, E, f, k, l or n (with restriction code 78 and excluding B1)Group A vehicles (automatic only) excluding automatic motor trikes

WAS Group C, NOW Group B1Vehicle with 4 wheels up to 400kg unladen

WAS Group D, NOW A1, A2 or A (depending on size of the motorbike)Motorbike

WAS Group E, NOW Group AM, p or QMoped up to 50cc (max speed 50km/h)

Groups f, G, H, k, l, M, n keep the same category letters

Licences issued between June 1990 and December 1996 - new category specification from 2013

WAS Group A, NOW A1, A2 or A (depending on size of the motorbike)Motorbike with maximum speed of more than 50km/h or with engine over 50cc

WAS Group B1, NOW Group B1Vehicle with 4 wheels up to 400kg unladen or 550kg if intended to carry goods

WAS Group B, NOW Group BVehicles up to 3500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) carrying no more than eight passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg; trailers over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isn’t more than 3500kg MAM

WAS Group C1, NOW Group C1Vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg carrying no more than eight passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg

WAS Group C, NOW Group CVehicles over 3500kg MAM carrying no more than eight passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg

WAS Group D1, NOW Group D1Vehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer up to 750kg

WAS Group D, NOW Group DBus with more than 8 passenger seats with trailer up to 750kg

WAS Group E, NOW Groups BE, CE or DEVehicles in categories B, C and D with trailers

WAS Group f, NOW Group fAgricultural tractor

WAS Group G, NOW Group GRoad roller

WAS Group H, NOW Group HTracked vehicle

WAS Group k, NOW Group kMowing machine or pedestrian-controlled vehicle

WAS Group l, NOW Group lElectrically-propelled vehicle

WAS Group p, NOW Groups AM, p or QMoped up to 50cc (max speed 50km/h)

M category vehicles are limited to trolley vehicles.n category vehicles (exempt from duty) keep the same category letter.

Larger vehicles on a separate licence - new category specification from 2013If you got your driving licence before June 1990 you could have been issued with a separate licence that showed your entitlement to drive larger vehicles.

WAS Group HGV 1, NOW Group CEVehicle over 3500kg with a trailer over 750kg

WAS Group HGV 2 or 3, NOW Group CVehicle over 3500kg with a trailer up to 750kg

WAS Group HGV 2 or 3, NOW Group CE (with restriction code 79 or 102)Vehicle over 3500kg with a trailer over 750kg (draw-bar only)

WAS Group PSV 1 or 2, NOW Group DEPassenger carrying vehicle (PCV) (more than eight passenger seats) with a trailer over 750kg

WAS Group PSV 3, NOW Group DPCV (more than 8 passenger seats) with a trailer up to 750kg

WAS Group PSV 4, NOW Group D (with restriction code 79 or 105)PCV (more than 8 passenger seats) and less than 5.5 metres long

WAS Group HGV 1-3A, NOW Group C or CE (with restriction code 78)Automatic vehicles only in group HGV 1-3

WAS Group PSV 1-4A, NOW Group D or DE (with restriction code 78)Automatic vehicles only in group PSV 1-4

Licences issued between January 1997 and 14 October 2012 - new category specification from 2013

WAS Category p, NOW Category AM, p or QMoped up to 50cc (max speed 50km/h)

WAS Category A1, NOW Category A1Motorbikes with engine size up to 125cc, power output up to 11kW and power/weight ratio up to 0.1kW/kg

WAS Category A, NOW Category AMotorbikes up to 25kW power output and power weight ratio up to 0.16kW/kg; motorbikes with sidecar and power weight ratio up to 0.16kW/kg; any size motorbike, with or without a sidecar if you’ve completed the large motorbike direct access scheme

WAS Category B1, NOW Category B1 for 4-wheeled vehicles; A (restricted to trikes)Three or four-wheeled vehicles up to 400kg unladen or 550kg if intended to carry goods

WAS Category B, NOW Category BVehicles up to 3500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) and up to eight passenger seats with trailer up to 750kg; trailers over 750kg if combined weight of vehicle and trailer isn’t over 3,500kg and the fully-loaded trailer doesn’t weigh more than the unladen vehicle

WAS Category B auto, NOW Category B autoAutomatic category B vehicles – you can’t drive manual category B vehicles with this entitlement

WAS Category B+E, NOW Category BECategory B vehicles with trailer when combined weight of vehicle and trailer is over 3500kg

WAS Category C1, NOW Category C1Vehicles weighing 3500 to 7500kg MAM with trailers up to 750kg

WAS Category C1+E, NOW Category C1ECategory C1 vehicles with trailers over 750kg; the fully-loaded trailer can’t weigh more than the vehicle and combined weight of vehicle and trailer can’t be over 12,000kg

WAS Category C, NOW Category CVehicles over 3,500kg with trailers up to 750kg

WAS Category C+E, NOW Category CEVehicles over 3,500kg with trailer over 750kg

WAS Category D1, NOW Category C1Vehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer up to 750kg

WAS Category D1+E, NOW Category D1E Vehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer over 750kg if combined trailer and vehicle weight isn’t over 12,000kg

WAS Category D, NOW Category DBus with more than eight passenger seats with trailer up to 750kg

WAS Category D+E, NOW Category DEBus with more than 8 passenger seats with trailer over 750kg

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