It is easy for drivers who already have a license to drive to think that becoming a professional lorry driver is a straightforward process. It is not that different, after all. The truth is that it is easy in terms of process. But to complete the training correctly, you must do some things in a certain order. HGV training costs can be high, but applying for and securing your provisional LGV license is one of the first things you should do. Before you begin your journey to become a professional LGV driver, there are some things you should have to apply for the provisional LGV license.
Do You Need the HGV or the LGV License?
We would like to clear things up because this point causes a lot of confusion to most people. You must have a speciality license when it comes to driving HGV’s. A speciality license is commonly referred to as the HGV license or the LGV license. To avoid complicating matters, just know that LGV license and HGV license are the same thing. In fact, there are no differences at all on paper. However, it is purely a matter of semantics when it comes to the use of HGV over LGV. When it comes to light goods vehicles, such as vans, the term LGV only matters. However, it does not matter when it comes to ‘large goods vehicles’, such as tipper trucks and lorries.
Therefore, once you decide to apply for an HGV license, there are 2 forms you will need to get.
The D2 form is the first form you will need to get. This is the actual application form. To apply for your provisional license, you will need to fill in this form and send it to the DVLA. This form works the same ways as when a person applies for a standard provisional driving license. Therefore, this step should be straightforward for many people. You can get the D2 pack from your selected training school or order it directly from the DVLA.
A D4 form is the second form you will need. D4 form covers the medical side of things for drivers, so it is a more unique form to the HGV world. It is an approved medical form, so you will fill in a part of this form, and then your doctor will fill in the rest of the form. A licensed and registered doctor will have to perform a physical exam on you. You will send the form back to the DVLA for processing. If you want, you can download this form directly from the GOV.UK website or you can get the D2 pack along with this form from the DVLA. We highly recommend you download this form directly from the government website. This is because there are useful tips and information on the website that will help you as you fill in the form.
You can send the forms off to apply for your provisional license once you finish filling in both of the forms. You will get your provisional LGV license in the post in about 3 weeks, especially if there are no red flags or complications in the process, either with your medical exam or on your driving record.
However, it is not a must to sit and twiddle your thumbs as you wait. Several drivers use this time to get ready to move on as soon as possible. How? They use this time to study and prepare for a theory test. Here at Easy as HGV, we support new drivers on their journey. We show them how to apply for a provisional LGV license. And we help them take their test and secure their first job in this industry. Our team of experts provides both theory and practical training to drivers at every step of the way. Our team also shares their knowledge with drivers and offers advice and guidance to these drivers. Get in touch with our team today if you would like to learn more.