The ‘groups’ or ‘categories’ on your licence may have changed if your driving licence was issued before 2013.

Driving licence categories changed in January 2013 and also several times before that. Before June 1990, the types of vehicles you could drive were known as ‘groups’. These are now known as ‘categories’.

If your licence was issued before January 2013, find the equivalent new category in the table below and check what types of vehicles you can drive.

You can exchange your paper driving licence for a new photocard licence. Your new licence will show the new categories on it.

Licences issued between 1976 and 1986

Group Vehicles you can drive Category from 2013
A Vehicles up to 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg; trailer over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isn’t more than 3,500kg MAM B
A Vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg C1
A Vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isn’t more than 12,000kg C1E (with restriction code 79 or 107)
A Vehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer up to 750kg D1 (with restriction code 79 or 101)
A Vehicles in groups B, C, E, F, K, L and N below See below
B Group A vehicles (automatic only) Above categories (with restriction code 78)
C Any motor trike less than 410kg (500kg laden) B1 (excluding quad bikes)
D Motorbike A1, A2 and A (depending on size of the motorbike)
E Moped up to 50cc (max speed 50km/h) AM, P and Q
J Invalid carriage (powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters) B1 (limited to invalid carriages)

Groups F, G, H, K, L, M, N keep the same category letters.

Licences issued between 1986 and June 1990

Group Vehicles you can drive Category from 2013
A Vehicles up to 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg; trailers over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isn’t more than 3,500kg MAM B
A Vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg C1
A Vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isn’t more than 8.250kg C1E (with restriction code 79 or 107)
A Vehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer up to 750kg D1 (with restriction code 79 or 101)
A Vehicles in groups B, C, E, F, K, L and N below See below
B Group A vehicles (automatic only) excluding automatic motor trikes Above categories (with restriction code 78 and excluding B1)
C Vehicle with 4 wheels up to 400kg unladen B1
D Motorbike A1, A2 and A (depending on size of the motorbike)
E Moped up to 50cc (max speed 50km/h) AM, P and Q

Groups F, G, H, K, L, M, N keep the same category letters.

Licences issued between June 1990 and December 1996

Category Vehicles you can drive Category from 2013
A Motorbike with maximum speed of more than 50km/h or with engine over 50cc A1, A2 and A (depending on size of the motorbike)
B1 Vehicle with 4 wheels up to 400kg unladen or 550kg if intended to carry goods B1
B Vehicles up to 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg; trailers over 750kg if combined vehicle and trailer weight isn’t more than 3,500kg MAM B
C1 Vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg C1
C Vehicles over 3,500kg MAM carrying no more than 8 passengers plus driver with trailer up to 750kg C
D1 Vehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer up to 750kg D1
D Bus with more than 8 passenger seats with trailer up to 750kg D
E Vehicles in categories B, C and D with trailers BE, CE, DE
F Agricultural tractor F
G Road roller G
H Tracked vehicle H
K Mowing machine or pedestrian-controlled vehicle K
L Electrically-propelled vehicle L
P Moped up to 50cc (max speed 50km/h) AM, P and Q

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

If you got your driving licence before June 1990 you may have had a separate licence that showed your entitlement to drive larger vehicles.

Group Vehicles you can drive Category from 2013
HGV 1 Vehicle over 3,500kg with a trailer over 750kg CE
HGV 2 or 3 Vehicle over 3,500kg with a trailer up to 750kg C
HGV 2 or 3 Vehicle over 3,500kg with a trailer over 750kg (draw-bar only) CE (with restriction code 79 or 102)
PSV 1 or 2 Passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) (more than 8 passenger seats) with a trailer over 750kg DE
PSV 3 PCV (more than 8 passenger seats) with a trailer up to 750kg D
PSV 4 PCV (more than 8 passenger seats) and less than 5.5 metres long D (with restriction code 79 or 105)
HGV 1-3A Automatic vehicles only in group HGV 1-3 C or CE (with restriction code 78)
PSV 1-4A Automatic vehicles only in group PSV 1-4 D or DE (with restriction code 78)

Licences issued between January 1997 and 14 October 2012

Category Vehicles you can drive Category from 2013
P Moped up to 50cc (max speed 50km/h) AM, P and Q
A1 Motorbikes with engine size up to 125cc, power output up to 11kW and power/weight ratio up to 0.1kW/kg A1
A Motorbikes 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 A
B1 3 or 4-wheeled vehicles up to 400kg unladen or 550kg if intended to carry goods B1 for 4-wheeled vehicles; A (restricted to trikes)
B Vehicles up to 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) and up to 8 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 B
B auto Automatic category B vehicles – you can’t drive manual category B vehicles with this entitlement B auto
B+E Category B vehicles with trailer when combined weight of vehicle and trailer is over 3,500kg BE
C1 Vehicles weighing 3,500 to 7,500kg MAM with trailers up to 750kg C1
C1+E Category 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 C1E
C Vehicles over 3,500kg with trailers up to 750kg C
C+E Vehicles over 3,500kg with trailer over 750kg CE
D1 Vehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer up to 750kg D1
D1+E Vehicles with up to 16 passenger seats plus driver with trailer over 750kg if combined trailer and vehicle weight isn’t over 12,000kg D1E
D Bus with more than 8 passenger seats with trailer up to 750kg D
D+E Bus with more than 8 passenger seats with trailer over 750kg DE

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