Driving Licences A Guide For Drivers
Driving Licences A Guide For Drivers
This guide has been prepared by Sutton Coldfield Driving School, and is intended to provide general information to help drivers to understand Driving Licences and to stay legal; whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate and up to date, it is not intended to be a legal guide.
A driving licence includes:
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Date of Licence Issue
Date of Licence Renewal
Licence Issuing Authority (usually DVLA)
Licence Holder’s Address
Categories of Vehicle The Licence is Valid For
The reverse side of a driving licence lists every vehicle category, with a valid from and valid to date.
If no dates are shown alongside a vehicle category, there is no entitlement to drive that vehicle category.
Each vehicle category also shows any information or restriction codes that are applicable.
Driving Licence information Codes
Information codes tell you any restrictions to your driving entitlement.
01 eyesight correction
02 hearing/communication aid
10 modified transmission
15 modified clutch
20 modified braking systems
25 modified accelerator systems
30 combined braking and accelerator systems
31 pedal adaptations and pedal safeguards
32 combined service brake and accelerator systems
33 combined service brake, accelerator and steering systems
35 modified control layouts
40 modified steering
42 modified rear-
43 modified driving seats
44 modifications to motorcycles
(1) single operated brake
(2) adapted front wheel brake
(3) adapted rear wheel brake
(4) adapted accelerator
(5) (adjusted) manual transmission and manual clutch
(6) (adjusted) rear-
(7) (adjusted) commands (direction indicators, braking light, etc.)
(8) seat height allowing the driver, in sitting position, to have two feet on the surface at the same time and balance the motorcycle during stopping and standing
(11) adapted foot rest
(12) adapted hand grip
45 motorcycle only with sidecar
46 tricycles only
70 exchange of licence
71 duplicate of licence
78 restricted to vehicles with automatic transmission
79 restricted to vehicles in conformity with the specifications stated in brackets
(02) restricted to category AM vehicles of the three-
(03) restricted to tricycles
These restrictions are printed whenever a driver retains implied C1/D1 (NFHR) Not for hire or reward (<8250) not more than 8,250 kg
97 not authorised to drive category C1 which falls within the scope of Council Regulations (EC) NO 561/2006 on tachographs in road transport
101 not for hire or reward
102 drawbar trailers only
105 not more than 5.5m long
106 restricted to vehicles with automatic transmissions
107 not more than 8,250kg
108 subject to minimum age requirements
110 limited to invalid carriages
111 limited to 16 passenger seats
113 limited to 16 passenger seats except for automatics
114 with any special controls required for safe driving
115 organ donor
118 start date is for earliest entitlement
119 weight limit does not apply
121 restricted to conditions specified in the Secretary of State’s notice
122 valid on successful completion: compulsory basic training (CBT)
123 limited to not more than 5.5m long except for automatics
124 limited to drawbar trailers only except for automatics
Changing Your Provisional Driving Licence For A Full Driving Licence
When you pass your driving test, you are legally allowed to drive as a full licence holder immediately, the examiner will give you a pass certificate, which acts as your evidence of entitlement to drive until you exchange your provisional driving licence for a full driving licence.
When you pass your driving test, providing your name and address are the same as shown on your provisional driving licence, the examiner can offer you the option of having your new full driving licence being sent to you automatically.
The examiner will take your provisional licence from you, and arrange for a new full driving licence to be sent to you.
You cannot use the option of having your full driving licence being issued automatically if either your name or address is different from that shown on your provisional driving licence, you also might choose not to use the automatic service if for example you need to retain your provisional driving licence temporarily to use as a form of Identification.
If you do not use the automatic service to exchange your provisional driving licence for a full driving licence, you will need to apply for your driving licence using form D1, which is available from post offices.
If you do not apply for your full driving licence within two years of passing your driving test, a full driving licence will not be issued, and you would need to pass both the theory and practical driving tests again.
Driving Licence Renewal
A driving licence usually has to be renewed every 10 years, the renewal date is shown as item 4b, there are some circumstances that result in shorter renewal periods.
To renew a driving licence use the GOV.UK website
Updating Your Details On Your Driving Licence
It is a legal requirement that your personal details are kept up to date on your driving licence.
Any change of name or address must be notified to DVLA, failing to update your driving licence could result in a fine of up to £1000.
To update a driving licence use the GOV.UK website
Law and Documentation A Guide For Drivers
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