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You are in the Drivers License & ID. If you are looking for Drivers License & ID information dvlaguide.com is the right site for you. In this section you'll find out how to apply, renew and replace your drivers license, how to update any name or address changes, how to apply motorcycle license, or what medical rules apply to drivers

This site, dvlaguide.com, also covers the specifics for learners and new drivers, vehicle registration, taxing your vehicle, MOTs, how to SORN a vehicle, what forms you need and DVLA hours and locations.

Vehicles You Can Drive and How Old You Must Be To Drive Them

You gotta know what you are able to drive and what you are not able to drive with your current licence. This section of dvlaguide.com will help with these questions.

Below is a list of vehicle category descriptions and age requirements for cars and motorcycles. For a complete list of all vehicles click here.

Cars With and Without Trailers

Description Category Minimum age
Motor vehicles with a MAM not exceeding 3500kg having not more than eight passenger seats with a trailer up to 750kg. Combinations of towing vehicles in category B and a trailer, where the MAM of the combination does not exceed 3500kg and the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle B 17*
As cars, but with automatic transmission B 17*
Combinations of vehicles consisting of a vehicle in category B and a trailer, where the combination does not come within category B B+E 17

*Age 16 if you are currently getting Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate (mobility component)


At age 16, you can drive a moped not exceeding 50cc. At 17 to 20 years of age, you can drive a limited size motorcycle. When you turn 21 you can drive any size motorcycle with or without a sidecar.

Description Category Minimum Age
Mopeds with an engine capacity not exceeding 50cc and a maximum design speed not exceeding 50km/h P 16
Light motorcycles with a cubic capacity not exceeding 125cc and a power output not exceeding 11kW (14.6bhp) A1 17
Motorcycles up to 25kW(33bhp) and a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.16kW/kg. Motorcycle combination with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.16kW/kg A 17
Any size motorcycle with or without a sidecar A 21

Driving Licence Information Codes

Here are the descriptions of the information codes. They show you what restrictions (if any) on your driving licence.

Code Description
01 eyesight correction
02 hearing/communication aid
10 modified transmission
15 modified clutch
20 modified braking systems
25 modified accelerator systems
30 combined braking and accelerator systems
35 modified control layouts
40 modified steering
42 modified rear - view mirror(s)
43 modified driving seats
44 modifications to motorcycles
45 motorcycle only with sidecar
70 exchange of licence
71 duplicate of licence
78 restricted to vehicles with automatic transmission
79 restricted to vehicles in conformity with the specifications stated in brackets
101 not for hire or reward
102 drawbar trailers only
103 subject to certificate of competence
105 not more than 5.5m long
106 restricted to vehicles with automatic transmission
107 not more than 8250kg
108 subject to minimum age requirements
110 limited to invalid carriages
111 limited to 16 passenger seats
113 limited to 16 passenger seats except for automatics
114 with any special controls required for safe driving
115 organ donor
118 start date is for earliest entitlement
119 weight limit does not apply
120 complies with health standard for category D1
121 restricted to conditions specified in the Secretary of State’s notice
122 valid on successful completion: Basic Moped Training Course

What Driving Licence Do I need to Tow a Caravan or Trailer?

It depends on the driving licence you have and when you got your entitlement to drive.  The category entitlement on your driving licence will determine the type of trailer you can tow. Click here to find out more.

Penalties and Disqualifications

Get convicted of a motoring offence, you can be fined and penalty points will be added to your driving licence. The penalty points can stay on your driving licence from four to eleven years depending on the offence. If you get 12 or more points in three years, youre liable to be disqualified or worse still you may have to resit the driving test.

A Complete List of Penalty Points.

Do you know the difference between an AC10 and a CU80?