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Driving Licence Codes

Information codes or restrictions on a UK driving licence refer to specific requirements or limitations that a driver must adhere to when operating a vehicle.

These codes are listed under section 12 on the back of the photocard licence and indicate certain conditions that the driver must comply with.

These can include the need for certain types of vehicle adaptations, medical conditions that may affect driving, or specific qualifications the driver must possess.

If you’re wondering what the codes on your licence mean, here is a complete list from

Driving Licence Codes

01 – eyesight correction, for example glasses or contact lenses

02 – hearing/communication aid

10 – modified transmission

15 – modified clutch

20 – modified braking systems

25 – modified accelerator systems

30 – combined braking and accelerator systems (for licences issued before 28 November 2016)

31 – pedal adaptations and pedal safeguards

32 – combined service brake and accelerator systems

33 – combined service brake, accelerator and steering systems

35 – modified control layouts

40 – modified steering

42 – modified rear-view mirror(s)

43 – modified driving seats

44 – modifications to motorbikes

44 (1) – single operated brake

44 (2) – adapted front wheel brake

44 (3) – adapted rear wheel brake

44 (4) – adapted accelerator

44 (5) – (adjusted) manual transmission and manual clutch

44 (6) – (adjusted) rear-view mirror(s)

44 (7) – (adjusted) commands (direction indicators, braking light, etc)

44 (8) – seat height allowing the driver, in sitting position, to have two feet on the surface at the same time and balance the motorcycle during stopping and standing

44 (11) – adapted foot rest

44 (12) – adapted hand grip

45 – motorbikes only with sidecar

46 – tricycles only (for licences issued before 29 June 2014)

70 – exchange of licence

71 – duplicate of licence

78 – restricted to vehicles with automatic transmission

79 – restricted to vehicles in conformity with the specifications stated in brackets on your licence

79 (2) – restricted to category AM vehicles of the 3-wheel or light quadricycle type

79 (3) – restricted to tricycles

96 – allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer where the trailer weighs at least 750kg, and the combined weight of the vehicle and trailer is between 3,500kg and 4,250kg

97 – not allowed to drive category C1 vehicles which are required to have a tachograph fitted

101 – not for hire or reward (that is, not to make a profit)

102 – drawbar trailers only

103 – subject to certificate of competence

105 – vehicle not more than 5.5 metres long

106 – restricted to vehicles with automatic transmissions

107 – not more than 8,250 kilograms

108 – subject to minimum age requirements

110 – limited to transporting persons with restricted mobility

111 – limited to 16 passenger seats

113 – limited to 16 passenger seats except for automatics

114 – with any special controls required for safe driving

115 – organ donor

118 – start date is for earliest entitlement

119 – weight limit for vehicle does not apply

121 – restricted to conditions specified in the Secretary of State’s notice

122 – valid on successful completion: Basic Moped Training Course. This does not apply to trial e-scooters

125 – tricycles only (for licences issued before 29 June 2014)

What If a Code on My Driving Licence Is Incorrect?

If  you discover an incorrect code on your UK driving licence, it’s essential to address this promptly as it can affect your legal driving entitlements.

Here’s a summarised guide on what to do:

Firstly, verify that the code is indeed incorrect. Cross-reference the code with the information above and on the DVLA website to ensure you’re looking at the most up-to-date information.

If it’s confirmed to be an error, contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) immediately.

This can be done via phone, email, or post, with the contact details available on their website.

When contacting the DVLA, have your driver licence number and personal details ready. Explain the issue clearly and be prepared to provide any relevant supporting documents.

The DVLA will then instruct you on the next steps, which may include filling out specific forms or returning your current licence for correction.

While your new licence is being processed, ask the DVLA about any interim measures or documentation you might require, especially if you need to drive.

It’s important to keep a record of all communications with the DVLA, including dates and details of the conversations, for future reference.

Remember, an accurate and up-to-date driving licence is crucial for legal and administrative reasons.

If in doubt, DVLA customer service is there to assist and guide you through the process.


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