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D1 - Licence Entitlement

If you first passed your car driving test before 1st January 1997, you will automatically have entitlement to drive a minibus on a not-for-profit basis.

If you passed your car driving test after this date, you can only drive a minibus under certain restricted situations:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Held a full licence for a minimum of 2 years
  • Not tow a trailer
  • Must drive on a voluntary basis
  • Maximum vehicle weight of 3.5 tonnes (4.25 tonnes if fitted with a passenger lift or ramp)

If you drive a minibus for profit, use one in an activity that's incidental to making a profit OR first passed your driving test after 1st January 1997 and do not meet all the terms of the exemption, you must obtain full D1 licence entitlement for the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

How to obtain D1 licence entitlement

  • Step 1: Acquire provisional D1 licence (we can provide the forms)
  • Step 2: Undertake a medical examination through your GP
  • Step 3: Pass the D1 theory test (we can provide the manuals for a £50 refundable deposit)
  • Step 4: Pass the practical driving test


Notes: You will also need to answer some questions on basic vehicle maintenance. Tests are carried out at heavy goods stations. The D1 entitlement is a driving licence entitlement which will be entered onto your driving licence.

Course Content

We start working with candidates once they have obtained their provisional D1 licence, passed their medical and passed their theory and hazard perceptions tests (candidates can borrow the relevent literature from us which will help them in this process).

Our course is designed to take you through the practical driving test. We will:

  • Provide a free driving assessment
  • Organise and pay for the practical driving test
  • Accompany candidates to the practical test


  • 20 hours driving over 5 days (£520) 
  • DVLA test fee of £115
  • Total Cost – £635



D1 courses are usually run for two candidates at a time. If you are interested in booking, please complete the D1 registration form and return it to us.  The D1 instructor will then be in touch with you to take things forward.

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