Do you need a license to tow a trailer?
Towing a trailer isn’t as easy as it seems. To able you to drive a trailer you need to have a full car license and license to tow a trailer (depending on when you got your car license). On the lead up to the test you are not required to have lessons in how to tow a trailer, however, it is advised that you do so. It isn’t only professional drivers that need a license, this rule applies to everyone!
How Do You Get A License To Tow a Trailer?
First of all, you will need a license to drive a car (this is a Category B license at least). Then you will need to apply to take the test to get your E license or a C1 license if you are towing a larger trailer/vehicle.
When you are tested you will need to prove that you know the practical and knowledge of operating a trailer. It will be like your car test. The instructor will take you out and monitor your driving skills. Then on the return you will be asked a number of questions to test your knowledge about the trailer.
What Kind Of Trailers Can I Tow With My License?
Depending on which license you already have, you may be able to drive a different trailer. We will list below which you can drive depending on when you got your license.
If you got your license before 1/1/1997 you qualify to tow trailers of a weight up to 8,250 kg. However, if your license has been restricted then your allowance may have changed. If you have recently gained your license since the date of 19/1/2013 then you will also need the E license to tow a trailer. The trailer and vehicle cannot weight more than 7,500kg. Likewise, if you got your license in between these times (1/1/1997-19/1/2013) You will also need the E license, however, you will be able to tow heavier trailers such as caravans.
To get the full details of the licensing requirements you can find them on the Nidirect website here https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/driving-licence-tow-caravan-or-trailer or read our page ‘Towing and the law’*
Helpful resource on trailer certification: https://www.hgvtraining.co.uk/trailer-certification/