To drive a particular type of vehicle, you need an ‘entitlement’ for that category on your driving licence.
Your entitlements may have additional restrictions. Check the restriction codes for your driving licence.
Driving licence categories are different in Northern Ireland.
You can drive 2-wheeled or 3-wheeled vehicles with a maximum design speed of over 25km/h (15.5mph) but not more than 45km/h (28mph).
This category also includes light quad bikes with:
- unladen mass of not more than 350kg (not including batteries if it’s an electric vehicle)
- maximum design speed of over 25km/h (15.5mph) but not more than 45km/h (28mph)
You can drive 2-wheeled vehicles with a maximum design speed of over 45km/h (28mph) but not more than 50km/h (31mph).
Its engine size must not be more than 50cc if powered by an internal combustion engine.
You can drive 2-wheeled vehicles with:
- an engine size not more than 50cc if powered by an internal combustion engine
- a maximum design speed of no more than 25km/h (15.5mph)
You can drive light motorbikes with:
- an engine size up to 125cc
- a power output of up to 11kW
- a power to weight ratio not more than 0.1kW/kg
This category also includes motor tricycles with power output up to 15kW.
You can drive motorbikes with a:
- power output up to 35kW
- power to weight ratio not more than 0.2kW/kg
The motorbike must also not be derived from a vehicle of more than double its power.
You can also drive motorbikes in category A1.
You can drive:
- motorbikes with a power output more than 35kW or a power to weight ratio more than 0.2kW/kg
- motor tricycles with a power output more than 15kW
You can also drive motorbikes in categories A1 and A2.
Light vehicles and quad bikes
You can drive motor vehicles with 4 wheels up to 400kg unladen or 550kg if they’re designed for carrying goods.
Category B - if you passed your test before 1 January 1997
You’re also allowed to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.
Category B - if you passed your test on or after 1 January 1997
You can drive vehicles up to 3,500kg MAM with up to 8 passenger seats (with a trailer up to 750kg).
You can also tow heavier trailers if the total MAM of the vehicle and trailer isn’t more than 3,500kg.
You can drive motor tricycles with a power output higher than 15kW if you are over 21 years old.
Physically disabled drivers with provisional category B entitlement will also have provisional entitlement to ride category A1 or A motor tricycles.
Able-bodied drivers can no longer ride motor tricycles with a provisional category B licence.
Category B auto
You can drive a category B vehicle - but only an automatic one.
You can drive a vehicle with a MAM of 3,500kg with a trailer.
The size of the trailer depends on when you passed your test. If you passed your test:
- before 19 January 2013 you can tow any size trailer (it’ll say category ‘B+E’ on your licence)
- on or after 19 January 2013 you can tow a trailer with a MAM of up to 3,500kg
You can drive vehicles between 3,500 and 7,500kg MAM (with a trailer up to 750kg).
You can drive C1 category vehicles with a trailer over 750kg, but the trailer - when fully loaded - can’t weigh more than the vehicle.
The combined MAM of both can’t exceed 12,000kg.
You can drive vehicles over 3,500kg (with a trailer up to 750kg MAM).
You can drive category C vehicles with a trailer over 750kg.
You can drive vehicles with:
- no more than 16 passenger seats
- a maximum length of 8 metres
- a trailer up to 750kg
You can drive D1 category vehicles with a trailer over 750kg MAM, but the trailer - when fully loaded - can’t weigh more than the vehicle.
The combined MAM of both can’t exceed 12,000kg
You can drive any bus with more than 8 passenger seats (with a trailer up to 750kg MAM).
You can drive D category vehicles with a trailer over 750kg.
|Category||Vehicle you can drive|
|k||Mowing machine or pedestrian-controlled vehicle|
|n||Exempt from duty|