Applying for a provisional HGV or bus licence

When you apply, you’ll need to choose what category of provisional licence you’re applying for.

The category of provisional licence you need depends on the type of vehicle you want to drive and the weight of the trailer you can tow with it.

Before you apply, check the licence categories for large vehicles - which include heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) - and buses.

How to apply

To apply, order forms D2 and D4 from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Filling in form D4

The D4 form has to be filled in by a doctor. This could be either:

  • your GP - but an optician might need to fill in the section about your eyesight
  • a private firm specialising in drivers’ medical exams

Your doctor, optician or a private firm can charge you.

Filling in form D2

Depending on which provisional licence category you choose in form D2, you may get additional provisional entitlements to the one you apply for.

Category you choose Provisional entitlements you get
C1 C1
C or C1+E C1, C1+E, C and C+E
D or D1 D1, D1+E, D and D+E

Order the forms online

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Send the forms

Send both forms and your photocard driving licence to DVLA. There’s no application fee.

If you have a paper driving licence you must include a passport-style colour photo and original identity documents.

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How long it takes

You should get your driving licence within 3 weeks of DVLA getting your application. It can take longer if your health or personal details need to be checked.

You automatically lose your HGV or bus licence if you lose your car licence.