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CATEGORIES OF UK DRIVERS LICENSES

In the United Kingdom, a driving licence is the official document which authorises its holder to operate motor vehicles on highways and other public roads. It is administered in England, Scotland and Wales by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and in Northern Ireland by the Driver & Vehicle Agency

  1. Passenger Car Driver Licence (PCDL)
    A PCDL is issued to anyone who holds a valid driving licence and meets certain requirements. These requirements vary depending on whether the driver is a learner or experienced driver. A learner driver may need to hold a PCDL until they have held their full license for 12 months. An experienced driver may only need to hold a PCDl for 6 months before applying for a full license.
  2. Goods Vehicle Operator License (GVOL)
    The GVOL is similar to a PCDL, however, it is issued to those who drive goods vehicles. A goods vehicle is any type of vehicle that carries passengers or goods. Examples include lorries, vans, buses, trucks, trailers, etc.
  3. Heavy Goods Vehicle Operator License (HGVO)
    An HGVO is issued to drivers who operate heavy goods vehicles. Heavy goods vehicles carry loads over 10 tonnes. Examples include articulated lorries, semi-trailers, etc.
  4. Motorcycle Driver’s Licence (MCL)
    A MCL is issued to those who hold a valid motorcycle license.
  5. Off Road Driving Permit (ORDP)
    An ORDP is issued to those who wish to drive off road vehicles. Off road vehicles are defined as any vehicle that is not designed for use on public roads. Examples include quad bikes, motorbikes, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, etc.
  6. Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
    A CDL is issued to those who operate commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles are defined as any type of vehicle that transports people or goods for hire. Examples include tractor units, tankers, etc.
  7. Medical Certificate of Fitness (MCF)
    An MCF is issued to those who work in occupations where they require a medical certificate of fitness. Occupations include doctors, nurses, paramedics, dentists, veterinarians, etc.

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