How to Get a D1 Driving License

Updated March 23, 2017

A D1 driving license allows a driver to operate a minibus in the UK. Specifically it allows the holder to drive a vehicle with at least nine seats available for passengers and no more than 12 seats, according to Lothian Community Transport Services. The vehicle should also meet the weight of at least four tons and length requirement of at least 5 meters. Lastly, it should be able to go at least 50 miles per hour.

Obtain a standard B license if you don’t already have one. This is the license you must hold before you can apply for a D1 license. The requirements for a B license are that you reside in the UK, you are of the minimum age or older, can pass the eye exam, do not have a suspended license, and have required proof of identity. Proof of identity can be a current and valid passport, a national identity card, UK identity card for foreign nationals or a UK certificate of naturalisation. The minimum age for a B license is 17, but for a D1 it is 21.

Get a medical exam and have your doctor fill out a D4 form. This must be turned in with your D1 application. Wait for your provisional license to arrive. You cannot complete any further steps until you have it in hand.

Take a theory and hazard perception test. These are two separate tests. The theory test contains 60 multiple-choice questions, of which you must pass 51. The hazard perception test shows you 14 video clips, and you must accurately describe the hazards in each. You must get a minimum 50 out of 75 possible points to pass. You must take these tests at the same time and pass them both at the same time to move on to the Practical Test.

Sign up for and take your Practical Test, which is a 90-minute driving test where you must drive a vehicle that fits the description of a PVC.

Things You'll Need

  • Category B driving license
  • Application for a D1 driving license
  • D4 medical exam form
  • Proof of identity
  • A PVC
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