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Licence Categories

The following table shows in summary the description for the main categories of licence.

Please contact the Department if you are unsure about the category you will require for any particular vehicle or if you require further details on category restrictions.

Category

 

Description

 

Minimum Age

P

 

Moped - with cylinder capacity not exceeding 50cc.

 

14

A1

 

Light motorcycle with a cubic capacity exceeding 50cc but not exceeding 125cc and of a power not exceeding 11 kilowatts.

 

16 years but one year's experience with full category P required before issue of full A1 licence to applicants under 17. A1 provisional can be taken out at 16 but full cannot be issued until 17.

A

 

Motorcycle with a cubic capacity exceeding 125cc

 

17 years but one year's experience with full category A1 required before issue of full A licence to applicants under 18. A provisional can be taken out at 17 but full cannot be issued until 18.

B

 

Any motor vehicle, other than one falling within category A or A1, with a maximum authorised mass not exceeding 3,500 kilograms and having not more than 8 seats in addition to the driver's seat including such a vehicle drawing a trailer having a maximum authorised mass which does not exceed 750 kilograms

OR

A combination of a motor vehicle in category B and a trailer, where the maximum authorised mass of the combination does not exceed 3,500 kilograms and the maximum authorised mass of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the motor vehicle.

 

17

B + E

 

A combination of a motor vehicle in category B and a trailer which exceeds the restrictions allowed under category B.

 

17

B1

 

Motor tricycles or quadricycles - max weight (unladen) 550kg (not including
battery mass in the case of electrically propelled); and max speed exceeding
50 km/h OR exceeding 50cc or any other engine of equivalent power.

 

17

C

 

Large goods vehicle where the maximum authorised mass exceeds 7,500 kilograms including any trailer which should not exceed 750 kilograms.

 

21

C1

 

Goods vehicle where the maximum authorised mass exceeds 3,500 kilograms but not exceeding 7,500 kilograms including any trailer which should not exceed 750 kilograms.

 

18

D

 

Large passenger carrying vehicle with more than 8 seats.

 

21

D1

 

Minibus between 8 and 16 seats.

 

18

F

 

Agricultural tractor.

 

17

G

 

Road Repairing Machine

 

17

L

 

Electrically propelled vehicle.

 

17


Vehicle Registration & Licensing Department (VRLD)

PO Box 145,  Bulwer Avenue,  St Sampsons,  GY1 3HY,  Channel Islands
Tel: 44 1481 243400 Fax: 44 1481 241177




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