What is a D1 licence?
D1 is a driving licence category that allows the holder to legally drive passenger and wheelchair accessible vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. You need to have D1 in place to legally drive a minibus for work purposes.
If you passed your test before 1st January 1997, you will already have category D1 on your licence. However, if you passed your test after this date, you’ll need to apply for and pass a D1 driving test.
How to get your D1 licence
To get a D1 licence you will need to:
- Fill out the forms to acquire a Category D1 Provisional Licence. These can be found on the DVLA website
- Book and pass a medical examination which can be undertaken by your GP or alternative provider. This proves you’re healthy enough to drive a minibus with up to 16 passengers
- Book your D1 training with HTM
What does the training involve?
As part of your D1 training, our experts will give you help and advice with preparing for both DVSA Theory and Practical On-road Driving tests. These tests include a theory test consisting of 100 questions and 19 hazard perception videos, and a practical test involving 90 minutes of assessed on-road driving.
How long is the D1 training course?
The length of the course will vary depending on a candidate’s test readiness and availability. This takes on average between 3 to 6 months. The on-road instruction generally lasts four days.
Charges for D1 licence training
Spread the cost
If you’ve leased a minibus through HTM, you’ll have the option to spread the cost of D1 training over the length of the agreement. If this is something we can help you with, get in touch to discuss your requirements.