Driving Licence and Towing

Towing a Trailer or Caravan and the Law

Important information for you to be aware of:

Do you need an additional driving licence to tow a caravan or trailer?

If you have passed your driving test within the last 15 years, you may need to take a further test to enable you to tow a braked trailer. But it's not as simple as that, brief details are as follows:

Drivers must hold a full driving licence to tow anything.

Most drivers who passed their test before 1 January 1997 have licence categories B+E allowing them to drive a vehicle and trailer/caravan with a combined weight of up to 7 tonnes. The trailer or caravan must not exceed 3.5 tonne.

Drivers who passed their test since 1 January 1997 are only allowed to drive a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes (category B) and tow an unbraked trailer up to 750kg. To be able to tow combinations outside this ruling requires the passing of an additional test to obtain Categories B+E.

Drivers who passed their test after 19 January 2013, category B (car and small vehicle) can tow small trailers weighing no more than 750kg, a trailer over 750kg as long as the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM)
If you want to tow a trailer weighing more than 750kg, when the combined weight of the towing vehicle and trailer is more than 3,500kg, you will have to pass a further test and get B+E entitlement on your licence. You will then be able to tow trailers up to 3,500kg.

This information is not a definitive statement of law. Please refer to your individual drivers' license to confirm your personal entitlement and seek advice from the DVLA and the professional bodies where necessary

Details of the necessary licensing details and towing laws can be found on the UK Government Towing Guidelines

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