If you’ve already obtained a standard driver’s license, you may believe you already know what you need to do to secure an LGV license. Certain aspects are the same. With that said, there are some key differences. The process will take longer, and there are more steps you’ll have to complete along the way. In order to obtain an LGV license, you’ll need to complete two theory tests and two practical tests instead of one of each. You’ll also have to go through more steps when you apply for a provisional LGV License?
Should I Be Applying For an LGV or HGV License?
Many people struggle to determine whether they should be applying for an LGV license or an HGV license. It’s likely that you’ll see documents for both when you’re getting ready to apply. Thankfully, it doesn’t really make a difference. Both types of licenses have the same function. LGV stands for “Large Goods Vehicle” (or “Light Goods Vehicle”) while HGV stands for “Heavy Goods Vehicle”. Both let you operate the same types of vehicles.
With that said, anyone that wants to apply for an HGV license is going to need to obtain two different forms. Read on to learn more about the forms you’ll have to obtain and the steps that you’ll need to complete as you work to obtain your provisional class 2 licence.
To start, you’ll need to complete a D2 form. This is the application for your provisional license. After the form is all filled out, you can submit it to the DVLA to apply for the license. This form is similar to the form you’ll have to complete when you apply for a standard provisional license. Because of this, you should be able to complete the form with no issues. It’s possible to get this form from the training school you’re working with or obtain it from the DVLA directly. This form isn’t very complex, and you should be able to complete it in under 10 minutes. While some parts of this process can take a long time, this will be over and done with before you know it.
You’ll also need to obtain a D4 form. This form is included in the D3 pack that the DVLA can provide. Alternatively, you can get the form via the GOV.UK site. Both methods are effective, and you won’t be able to find any differences when you look at the form itself. With that said, the GOV.UK site will provide you with useful information that will help you to complete the form. There are two parts to the form. You can complete the first part on your own. The second part of the form will have to be completed by a doctor that gives you a physical examination. The doctor will be expected to fill out the form based on the results of the examination. Afterward, both parts of the form can be submitted to the DVLA.
When both forms are complete, you can officially apply for your provisional license. If there are issues with your driving history or problems that crop up on your medical exam, you may not receive your license. Otherwise, you can expect it to arrive in about three weeks.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to spend the next three weeks waiting. This is the perfect time to start preparing for your theory test. After all, you don’t need your license to start practicing! If you spend time preparing for the theory test, you’ll be ready to take and pass the test as soon as your provisional license shows up.