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DVLA HGV Categories Explained 

Updated: Apr 18


HGV Categories

The DVLA HGV categories can be confusing, especially after the changes brought in since November 2021.


We are going to explain what the different categories are and which ones you need to apply for.


Also, if you held a provisional entitlement prior to 15th November 2021. You can apply for additional categories without having a medical done.


The Different HGV Categories


C1 Provisional

This class is for vehicles between 3,500 kg in weight to 7,500.

The C1 provisional is used for paramedics.


C1E Provisional

This is for the ability to tow a trailer over 750kg in a C1 vehicle (shown above).


Category C Provisional

Also known as class 2. To drive vehicles over 3,500kg. You can also tow a trailer up to 750kg.


Category CE Provisional

Also known as Class 1. To drive vehicles over 3,500kg. You can have a trailer over 750kg.

How to apply for additional HGV category entitlements


The easiest way to add additional HGV provisional entitlement is by having a medical and filling out a D2 form.


On the form you have on the top left a question asking to add provisional entitlement.

Below is a table from the DVLA. The table outlines what provisional entitlements you will get when you apply.


We recommend applying for all the categories so you do not need another medical.

Provisional entitlements you apply for

Additional provisional entitlements you’ll get

​C

​C1, C1+E, C, C+E

​C1

​C1

​C1+E

​C1, C1+E, C, C+E

​D

​C1, C1+E, C, C+E, D1, D1+E, D, D+E

​D1

C1, C1+E, C, C+E, D1, D1+E, D, D+E

HGV Categories you can apply for without a medical


There are a number of HGV categories you can apply for if you held certain categories before 15th November 2021. These are without a medical.


Below is a table from the DVLA explaining what categories you can apply for if you held certain categories before 15th November 2022.

​Entitlement you were issued

​Provisional entitlements you’ll get

​C1

​C1

​C1+E

​C1, C1+E, C, C+E

​C

​C1, C1+E, C, C+E

C+E

C1, C1+E, C, C+E

​D1

C1, C1+E, C, C+E, D1, D1+E, D, D+E

​D1+E

C1, C1+E, C, C+E, D1, D1+E, D, D+E

​D

C1, C1+E, C, C+E, D1, D1+E, D, D+E

D+E

C1, C1+E, C, C+E, D1, D1+E, D, D+E

You can apply for these by emailing the DVLA. This is done by emailing extraprovisional@dvla.gov.uk.


You need to send them:

  1. Full name

  2. Date of Birth

  3. Driving licence number

Next steps

Once you have emailed them for the additional provisional entitlement you will get an automated email. Keep both that and the original email you sent. You can take this for your Class 1 exam.


Conclusion


In conclusion, he HGV categories can be confusing. Hopefully this explains all the different HGV categories and how to apply for them. Please check out next weeks blog on how to fill out the D2 form.


However, if you have any questions about HGV categories please feel free to message us. Furthermore, you can also check out the DVLA website for full information.


Ultimately, It all starts with your HGV medical.

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Disclaimer:

This article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for medical treatment.


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