Driving in Great
Britain (GB) as a visitor or a new resident
explains the current rules affecting people with non-GB driving
licences who visit or come to live in Great Britain. All
drivers must meet the minimum age requirements for driving in
Great Britain. Generally, you must be:
- 17 to drive a car or a
- 18 to drive a medium-sized vehicle (for
example, a vehicle between 3500kg and 7500kg with a trailer
up to 750kg); and
- 21 to drive a large lorry and/or
The booklet ‘Information on driving licences’ (INS57P),
gives more information about minimum ages.
information in this booklet applies to both ‘ordinary’
and ‘vocational’ licences.
licence is one which entitles you to drive cars,
motorcycles, and small vehicles (those weighing up to
3500kg and having no more than eight passenger
licence is one that entitles you to drive minibuses,
buses and medium-size large vehicles weighing over 3500kg
and able to tow a trailer over 750kg.
These licences can be ‘provisional’ or ‘full’. A provisional
licence shows vehicles which you can drive only as a learner. A
full licence shows which vehicles you have passed a driving