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Wed, November 08, 2023

Obtaining Your HGV Provisional Licence: Process and Key Information

Obtaining Your HGV Provisional Licence: Process and Key Information

If you wish to obtain an HGV license, whether for commercial driving or exclusively for private use, the first step for everyone is to apply for the HGV provisional entitlement. This entitlement is not automatically granted and requires individuals to have a full car license before they can initiate the application process. In this post, we will delve into the detailed process of acquiring your provisional lorry license. 


Applying for an HGV Provisional Licence



The process of applying for an HGV provisional licence


To begin the process, applicants must possess a full car driving license. Without a car entitlement, you will not be eligible to apply for a provisional lorry license. Assuming you have a full car driving license, you can apply to the DVLA using a form called D2. Please note that the D2 form is not available for download or online completion. It is a physical application form that can be obtained from sources such as the official. Gov website, larger post offices, and many HGV training providers.

The D2 application form is officially titled "Application for lorry, bus, or minibus driving licence." This form should be completed by the license holder and involves providing various personal information, including your license number, name, address, date of birth, country of birth, and more.

The D2 form serves as an invitation for you to specify the provisional entitlement you are applying for. In the top left corner of the front page of the D2 form, you should "tick" the box for the provisional entitlement you wish to obtain. Since this application is free, it's advisable to apply for all available provisional entitlements, including C1, C, CE, D1, D, and DE. Applying for all provisional entitlements can help ensure you don't overlook the one you are seeking.

The D2 form also includes questions about your eyesight and general health. If you wear glasses while driving, it is essential to declare this on the D2 form. The health-related questions on the D2 form cover various medical conditions, and you must declare any ailments that may affect your ability to operate a truck. This includes conditions like diabetes, heart problems, sleep apnea, or any other illnesses that could impact your fitness to drive a lorry.

When completing the D2 form, there are a couple of important points to keep in mind. On page 2 of the form, you will find a section where you need to confirm your identity. If you already possess a full car driving license, there is no need to complete section 5, "Your Proof of Identity," and you can leave this section blank.

There is an option to submit a passport photo with your application, but you should avoid doing this if the photo on your driver's license is still valid. If your driver's license photo is up to date, you will not need to pay the DVLA £17 to update it. Check section 4b on your driver's license to verify the photo's validity.

It's important to note that there is no charge for obtaining your provisional HGV license from the DVLA. The only associated cost for the provisional HGV license is the medical fee.

As part of the provisional application process, you are required to undergo a medical examination to confirm your fitness to drive a truck. The medical examination must be conducted by an occupational practitioner and typically includes an eyesight check and measurement of blood pressure. The form used for your medical is the D4 application form, which can be downloaded from the internet.

Once you have completed the medical examination, you must send the D2 (provisional license application) along with the medical (D4) form, and your driving license to the following address: DVLA, SA99 1BR.   


Waiting Time and Processing



Discussion on the waiting time for an HGV provisional licence


The typical waiting time for your provisional HGV license application to be processed by the DVLA and for you to receive it back is approximately 10-14 days. However, it's important to note that this timeline is not always precise, as there can be various factors that affect the duration of the process.


If there are errors or omissions in the completion of the D2 or D4 forms, the DVLA may return them to you for correction, which could extend the processing time. Additionally, occasional staff shortages and resource limitations at the DVLA can also lead to delays.


To minimize any potential delays, it's advisable to thoroughly review and double-check that all the required forms are correctly completed before sending them to the DVLA. This will help ensure a smoother and more timely processing of your application.


Factors that may affect the processing time


Sending your application to the DVLA can indeed feel like a waiting game, and it largely depends on the postal service and the DVLA's processing time. To help track your application and facilitate communication with the DVLA, it's a good idea to send your application via recorded delivery. This way, you'll have proof of postage and delivery, which can be beneficial if you need to follow up with the DVLA regarding your application.

Furthermore, you can check the status of your provisional license entitlement online through the.Gov website. The online status provides visibility into when the DVLA has processed your application. You can easily find this service by searching for "Check my Driving Licence" online.

Using these methods, you can stay informed about the progress of your application and take any necessary actions if there are delays or issues.

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Can You Drive an HGV on a Provisional Licence?


Receiving your provisional entitlement from the DVLA is a significant step in your journey to becoming an HGV driver. With this provisional entitlement, you're legally allowed to start your driver training. However, it's important to understand that you cannot take the HGV driving test until you've passed the required theory tests.

While it's tempting to dive into driver training as soon as you get your provisional entitlement, it's crucial to plan your training wisely. We strongly advise against starting your training without having your theory tests booked and scheduled. Without a clear plan for your theory tests, undergoing driver training can be premature and potentially wasteful.

To maximize your training's effectiveness, ensure that you have a clear path to completing your theory tests and advancing to the practical driving test. This approach helps you stay focused and efficient on your journey to becoming a certified HGV driver.

Whether it's possible to drive an HGV with a regular driving licence

If you have applied for the provisional CE entitlement, you are permitted to take a driving test in an articulated or drawbar-type truck. The provisional Cat C entitlement allows you to learn and take the test in a rigid-type vehicle over 3.5 tonnes. Meanwhile, the C1 provisional entitlement limits you to testing in a goods vehicle over 3.5 tonnes but no more than 7.5 tonnes. This is why we recommend applying for all the provisional entitlements you can, as it provides you with flexibility and options during your training and testing process.


Identifying Your HGV Provisional Status


In 2014, the UK government abolished the counterpart to the driving license (paper part) and introduced an online provisional entitlement system. To discover your provisional entitlement, you must visit the. Gov website and view it online. This online system provides a convenient way for drivers to check and manage their entitlements without relying on a physical document.


Cost and Category of HGV Provisional Licence


The cost of applying for an HGV provisional license is generally free, except for the cost of a medical examination. The price for the medical examination can vary, typically ranging from £50 to £150. The exact cost may depend on the healthcare provider you choose and other factors. It's essential to shop around and find a reputable medical practitioner who can examine at a reasonable cost.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



How long does it typically take to obtain an HGV provisional license?


 It usually takes approximately 10-14 days to receive your HGV provisional license after sending the D2, D4, and your driving license to DVLA. This timeline assumes there are no issues or complications with your application.


Can you drive an HGV with a standard driving license?


No, having a standard car driving license does not grant you provisional entitlement to drive an HGV. You must apply for and obtain HGV provisional entitlement from DVLA before being allowed to drive a truck.


What category or class does the HGV provisional license belong to?


The HGV provisional license offers various categories or classes for HGV drivers. You can apply for categories such as C1, C, and CE. We recommend applying for all available provisional entitlements to maximize your options.




Applying for your HGV provisional licence is a straightforward process, provided you ensure that all your application details are correct before submitting them to DVLA. To apply for a provisional HGV license, you will need to complete the D2 and D4 forms, which can be requested online. You must also include your existing driver's license when you submit your application. Be sure to check the expiry date of the photo on your existing driver's license. If it's still valid, there's no need to include a new one with your application. Remember that there are no fees associated with the application for a provisional HGV license; it is free of charge. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can apply for your provisional HGV license with confidence and set yourself on the path to success.


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