So you have decided to take the leap and start a new career in driving?
Here’s what you need to know.
First it’s time for a trip to the doctors for a medical.
You can go to a medical centre that specialises in HGV medicals, or if you prefer, you can go to your own doctor. The doctor will need to complete and sign a D4 form which you can download from here.
Next you can apply for your provisional licence.
To do this you need to complete form D2 from DVSA which can be downloaded from here. Send both D2 and your completed D4 medical form to
If you already have a photolicence, you won’t need to send a photograph.
And now its time to start training!!
To drive a HGV or LGV (they mean the same thing) professionally you need to complete the 4 CPC modules below;
This is a theory test and is made up of 2 parts – multiple choice and hazard perception. You have to book both parts separately, but you can take them on the same day.
It doesn’t matter which one you take first but you need to pass both within 2 years of each other to get your theory test certificate.
This is also a theory test. The test is made up of 7 case studies you work through on a computer. The case studies are short stories based on situations that you’re likely to come across in your working life.
This is your practical driving test. It lasts about 90 minutes and includes practical road driving, off road reversing and vehicle safety questions. You can’t sit your practical driving test until you have passed module 1
This is another practical session, but a safety demonstration test. It lasts about 30 minutes and focuses on vehicle safety and security.
The subjects covered are;
- Ability to load vehicle safely and correctly.
- Security of the vehicle and its contents.
- Ability to prevent criminality and trafficking.
- Ability to assess emergency situations.
- Ability to prevent physical risk.
You can’t sit module 4 until you have passed module 2.