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New Bus and lorry drivers validity periods

If you are under age 45 and have a full licence to drive a lorry or bus, you will come under the new validity rules the next time you upgrade or renew your driving licence on or after 19 January 2013. This means your new licence will be valid for five years.

If you have a current 10-year licence and apply to update it because it is lost or stolen, or because your personal details have changed, we will give you a licence which runs to the end of your original period.

However, if you choose to renew it at the same time or at any time during the 10-year period, you will come under the new rules and will receive a licence that runs for five years.

drivers under 45

Existing drivers aged 45 and over

There is no change for existing drivers aged 45 and over, you will continue to renew your entitlement every five years.

New drivers from 19 January 2013

When you apply for provisional entitlement for one of these categories, you will need to provide a medical examination report. Your licence will be issued for a five-year period.

All Drivers

You must let (DVLA) know at any time if you suffer from a medical condition that may prevent you from continuing to drive. Do not wait until you renew your licence to do this.

The expiry date of your licence will show on the front of your card and the expiry date of your entitlement will show on the back of the card.

When you update or renew your driving licence you will need to comply with the current medical standards.

If you are still under age 45 at the end of each five-year period, you will have to sign a declaration to confirm you still meet the medical standards for driving these vehicles

If you are over age 45 at the end of each five-year period, you will be renewing your driving entitlement and will need to provide a medical examination report

Medical Problems

New Towing validity Weight

Licences held from 1 January 1997

If you passed your driving test after 1 January 1997 and have a category B (car) licence, you can drive :


a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes or 3,500 kilograms (kg) Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM (with a combined weight of up to 4,250kg in total)


a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as it is no more than the unladen weight of the towing vehicle (with a combined weight of up to 3,500kg in total)

Licences held before 1 January 1997

If you passed your car test before 1 January 1997 you are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes MAM.


This is the weight of a vehicle or trailer including the maximum load that can be carried safely when it’s being used on the road.


You also have entitlement to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.

Licences issued from 19 January 2013

From 19 January 2013, drivers passing a category B (car and small vehicle) test can tow:

small trailers weighing no more than 750kg

trailers weighing more than 750kg, where the combined weight of the towing vehicle and the trailer isn’t more than 3,500kg

If you want to tow a trailer weighing more than 750kg, when the combined weight of the towing vehicle and trailer is more than 3,500kg, you’ll have to pass a further test and get B+E entitlement on your licence.

You’ll then be able to tow trailers up to 3,500kg.

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