“Heavy vehicle categories” refers to lorry (C, CE, C1, C1E), bus (D, DE) and minibus (D1, D1E).
The health certificate must have been issued less than 3 months before it is submitted to us. Your new driving licence will be issued with a length of validity based on your health certificate.
You will find the expiry date for each licence category in column 11 on the back of your driving licence.
Expired licences for heavy vehicle categories
If you have driving entitlements for heavy vehicle categories and have passed the practical driving test either when you acquired your licence or later, you can renew them in the same way as described above. Please note that after expiry and until you have renewed your licence, you do not have driving entitlements for the expired categories.
Some categories require practical driving tests
If you acquired a driving entitlement for Category C1(E) without passing a practical driving test (previously a stamped-on entitlement), and you have not passed such a test later either, in connection with renewal or return of the category, or when acquiring a licence category on the same level or above, you need to pass a practical driving test as well as present a new health certificate when it is more than five years since the date of expiry.
The following applies to those who have acquired a Category C1E entitlement without passing a practical driving test (previously a stamped-on entitlement) and who later have had their licence extended to include Category D1, and whose licences have been marked with D1E based on C1E: Category C1 can be renewed without a new driving test because the holder has passed a test in the same-level category D1, but you must pass a driving test in either Category C1E or D1E before these categories can be renewed, when it is more than five years since the date of expiry.
Please note that after expiry and until you have renewed your licence, you do not have driving entitlements for the expired categories.
Length of validity
Driving licences in heavy categories are usually valid for 5 years when the licence is acquired or renewed after 10 September 2008. If you have turned 70, the driving licence is valid for one year at a time. If you have turned 66, the expiry date of the driving licence is set to the day before you turn 71. Your driving licence may also be of limited validity due to reasons of health, or because you have not completed all of the mandatory training required for the driving licence to be issued.