The first step to starting a career as an HGV driver is to get your provisional Category C (also known as a Class 2) licence, which allows you to drive rigid goods vehicles with a gross weight in excess of 7.5 tons while accompanied by an Instructor or Supervising Driver.
Before you apply, please check that you meet the following criteria
‣ You hold a full Category B (car) driving licence
‣ You are at least 18 years old*
‣ You can pass a driver medical check
To apply for your provisional Category C licence, you will need to submit two forms to the DVLA – D2 and D4.
The D2 application form
This form is used to submit your application to the DVLA for your provisional licence. You will need to complete this form yourself using the guide which is included in the envelope with the form itself. You will need to tick the Category C box.
The D4 medical form
This form must be completed by a Doctor when you attend a driver medical assessment. You can book a medical through various suppliers, but it is worth checking to see if one is included with your HGV training as some training companies will offer this as part of a package.
Once both forms have been completed, they must be sent to the DVLA. Your provisional Category C licence will be sent to you normally within three weeks. There is no charge for this service.