Driving Licence Categories

Before you can book cheap driving lessons through Weekly Crash Courses driving school you will need a provisional driving licence which enables you to learn how to drive. You can obtain your first provisional licence for a car, motorcycle or moped through the DVLA and start the process off online here.

At what age can you apply for a driver’s licence?

In the UK, you can apply for a provisional car licence once you are 15 years and 9 months old. This enables you to ride a moped or a quad bike at the age of 16 and entitles you to learn how to drive a car and pass your driving licence test from the age of 17 years onwards.

Make an online application for a driving licence and the estimated waiting time is only one week, this means you can be ready to pass your dmv driving test in hardly any time. Once the licence arrives you will notice it contains certain entitlements for various categories and they tell you which vehicles you can drive.

 Licence category B and what this means to you

Most people who want to learn how to drive a car will be mainly interested in the category B entitlement on their licence which covers light vehicles and quad bikes. The entitlements for this category are broken down as follows:

Light vehicles covered under category B (Minimum age 17)

Category B1 – Enabling the licence holder to drive vehicles with 4 wheels up to 4kg unladen. Or, if the vehicle is designed to carry goods this rises to 550kg.


Category B – Licence holders can drive a vehicle up to 3,500 kg maximum authorised mass (MAM). This covers them for cars and MPVs with anything up to 8 passenger seats towing trailers up to 750kg. Drivers are also allowed to tow slightly heavier trailers if the MAM rating of the vehicle and trailer does not exceed 3,500kg.

 Category B + E

Depending on when you actually passed your test your entitlement to tow trailers will be slightly different. Category B+E enables you to drive a vehicle and tow a trailer with a maximum MAM of 3,500kg if you passed your test after 19th January 2013. Anyone that passed their test before this date can tow any sized trailer.

Automatic cars

Category B auto

If you pass your test in an automatic car you will have a category ‘B auto’ entitlement. This means you can drive any category B vehicle as long as it has automatic and not manual gears.

 The good news is once you have a provisional driving licence with a category B entitlement you can start to learn how to drive straight away. For affordable lessons through an approved driving school, contact us here at Weekly Crash Courses on 07788 973538.

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