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How to become a HGV driver

How to become a HGV driver

This article will go through what you need to qualify to become a HGV driver. Those who have a car licence and want to apply for a lorry or bus licence for the first time.

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How to become a HGV driver?

Entry requirements

There are 3 entry requirements to become a HGV or bus driver.

  1. Have a full car licence
  2. Be over 18 – There are some people who are exempted from this see here
  3. Get a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

See our post next week where we go through what the CPC entails.

There is no specific requirement for

Step 1

Apply for a provisional HGV or bus licence

Firstly, you apply for a provisional licence by filling out a D2 form. On this form you apply for the categories at the top on the left side. This form is sent to the DVLA with the D4 form which is for your medical. You can book your medical here.

Once your medical is done, and you are fit to drive you can send it off to the DVLA. Then, you should get your HGV provisional on the licence.

Update: New guidance from 15/11/2021

Due to the new HGV guidelines changing on 15th November 2021, you will be able to apply for the provisional for class 1 vehicles from this form. However, for now you can only apply up to class 2 and can upgrade the provisional via the DVLA website. See last weeks post on how to do this.

Step 2

Pass the 4 tests that make up the driver CPC to qualify

Secondly, there are 4 tests which need to be undertaken as part of the driver Certificate of professional Competence. We will go through these in more detail next week.

  1. Theory test
  2. Case studies
  3. Driving ability
  4. Practical demonstration

Step 3

HGV drivers need to do their periodic training

Lastly, every 5 years HGV drivers need to carry out 35 hour of training. Therefore, keeping drivers up to date with the most recent requirements. How to use the tachograph. The law relating to HGV driving. Also, they go through the safety of driving HGV vehicles.

This is an integral part of keeping up the licence and is really important.

Lastly, due to Covid 19, the courses be done remotely.


In conclusion, to become an HGV driver there are no requirements to be driving for a certain period. As long as you are over 18 and have a full driving licence you can start your journey into becoming a HGV driver.

For full details you can check out the government website here.

Good luck!

HGV driving medical

Ultimately, It all starts with your HGV medical.

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