This topic covers the general requirements for all categories of driving licence and those specific to Group 1 (non-vocational) licences for vehicles with up to eight passenger seats and/or maximum authorised mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes. Specific requirements for Group 2 (vocational) licences to drive larger goods and passenger carrying vehicles are in the topic on Vocational Driving Licences.

Before any motor vehicle can be driven on the roads, the driver must hold a licence valid for that category of vehicle. Drivers must be accompanied by a suitably qualified and experienced person until a test of basic competence and familiarity with UK traffic law has been passed.

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