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Driving tests for other vehicles

‚ÄčIf you want to add categories for other vehicles to your driving licence, then you will have to pass another practical driving test. You may also need to pass a driving theory test depending on the category you are applying for.

The theory test

Will I have to take a driving theory test if I want to drive other types of vehicles (eg lorries, buses)?

It depends on whether the vehicle categories you want to add to your licence are covered by any theory test you have taken previously.  

If they are covered, your previous theory pass certificate will exempt you from sitting another driving theory test. 

If they are not covered, then you will need to take the relevant theory test before you can take the practical driving test. There are separate theory tests for different types of vehicles.

Driving theory tests

The practical test

Will I have to take a practical driving test if I want to drive other types of vehicles?

It depends on whether the vehicle categories you want to add to your licence are covered by any practical driving test you have taken previously.  

If they are covered, you will not need to take another practical driving test. Note that vehicles are split into distinct categories and will probably not be covered by previous tests. The various categories are shown in the table below.  

If they are not covered, then you will need to take the relevant practical driving test.

Can I tow a trailer behind a vehicle that my licence already covers me for?

It depends on the weight of the trailer.

If the trailer weighs less than 750kg, then it will be covered by your licence.

If it weighs more than 750kg, then you will need to take another practical driving test that is specific to that category of vehicle plus a trailer.  

What can I expect from the practical driving test?

All practical driving tests (with the exception of that for motorcycles / mopeds) follow a similar format to the practical driving test for cars, although you may be asked to perform some additional manoeuvres depending on what vehicle you are driving.
 
Practical driving test for car drivers
Practical driving test for motorcycle / moped riders

What vehicle can I take my test in?

Different practical driving tests require different vehicles. You will need to take the test in a vehicle that meets the specifications for that particular category.

The test you will need to take depends on which category of vehicle you want to add to your licence. 

Vehicle categories and minimum driving ages

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