Apply for LGV and PCV theory/ practical driving tests
Once you have added provisional entitlements for the higher categories to your licence, you can begin to learn to drive. When your instructor indicates that you are nearly ready for your practical test, you can book your theory test. You need to pass this before applying for the practical.
Choosing a driving instructor
The Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) does not currently have a register only for LGV/ PCV instructors. You are advised to look for a reputable instructor through friends or by word of mouth.
Driving test fees
When you book your theory or practical driving test direct with the DVA, you only pay the cost of the test. There is no extra administration or booking fee.
Theory test for LGV and PCV drivers
Theory test appointments can be booked and, depending on three clear working days' notice, can be changed and cancelled using the online booking service or by telephone. You can also download an application form and apply by post.
The multiple choice test and hazard perception test for LGV and PCV are two separate tests. Your theory test certificate is valid for two years from the date you passed the first part of the test.
There are six theory test centres throughout Northern Ireland.
The practical driving test for buses and lorries
Category C and D can be booked by post or at any test centre. You will need to have completed your theory test before applying for your practical test. The driving tests are designed to test the skills you will need to be a vocational driver. The application form is available from the link below:
- Application for LGV, PCV or car with large trailer practical test
- The practical driving test for buses and lorries
To find your nearest centre, information on the type of tests conducted and contact details, see the link below:
Obtaining your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence
Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) training is continuing professional development which carries on throughout a professional bus, coach or lorry driver's career. This qualification is divided into four modules.