To drive a particular type of vehicle, you need an ‘entitlement’ for that category on your driving licence.
You can check online to see what vehicles you can drive.
Your entitlements may have additional restrictions. Check the restriction codes for your driving licence.
Driving licence categories are different in Northern Ireland.
You can drive 2-wheeled or 3-wheeled vehicles with a maximum design speed of over 25km/h (15.5mph) but not more than 45km/h (28mph).
This category also includes light quad bikes with:
You can drive 2-wheeled vehicles with a maximum design speed of over 45km/h (28mph) but not more than 50km/h (31mph).
Its engine size must not be more than 50cc if powered by an internal combustion engine.
You can drive 2-wheeled vehicles with:
You can drive light motorbikes with:
This category also includes motor tricycles with power output up to 15kW.
You can drive motorbikes with a:
The motorbike must also not be derived from a vehicle of more than double its power.
You can also drive motorbikes in category A1.
You can drive:
You can also drive motorbikes in categories A1 and A2.
You can drive motor vehicles with 4 wheels up to 400kg unladen or 550kg if they’re designed for carrying goods.
You’re usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg maximum authorised mass (MAM). View your driving licence information to check.
You’re also allowed to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.
You can drive vehicles up to 3,500kg MAM with up to 8 passenger seats (with a trailer up to 750kg).
You can also tow heavier trailers if the total MAM of the vehicle and trailer isn’t more than 3,500kg.
You can drive motor tricycles with a power output higher than 15kW if you are over 21 years old.
Physically disabled drivers with provisional category B entitlement will also have provisional entitlement to ride category A1 or A motor tricycles.
Able-bodied drivers can no longer ride motor tricycles with a provisional category B licence.
You can drive a category B vehicle – but only an automatic one.
You can drive a vehicle with a MAM of 3,500kg with a trailer.
The size of the trailer depends on the BE ‘valid from’ date shown on your licence. If the date is:
You can drive vehicles between 3,500 and 7,500kg MAM (with a trailer up to 750kg).
You can drive C1 category vehicles with a trailer over 750kg.
The combined MAM of both can’t exceed 12,000kg.
You can drive vehicles over 3,500kg (with a trailer up to 750kg MAM).
You can drive category C vehicles with a trailer over 750kg.
You can drive vehicles with:
You can drive D1 category vehicles with a trailer over 750kg MAM.
You can drive any bus with more than 8 passenger seats (with a trailer up to 750kg MAM).
You can drive D category vehicles with a trailer over 750kg.
You don’t need a driving licence for electric bikes, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs.