Can You Drive A Motorhome On A Car Licence?

Can you drive a motorhome on a car licence?

Do you fancy hiring a motorhome and heading out on a memory-filled road trip adventure? One of the questions we regularly get asked is, can you drive a motorhome on a car licence? 

We have therefore cut to the chase and written an article that simply explains the details you need to know!

When did you pass your driving test?

Let’s get straight down to it. Did you pass your driving test before or after the 1st January 1997? If you passed after this date, drivers receive a standard driving licence covering sections B and B1. This allows individuals to drive a motorhome weighing 3,500kg or less. This however excludes any vehicle exceeding 3,500kg in mass.

Most newly created motorhomes nowadays are constructed with a Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) of under 3,500kg. This ensures that the majority of UK car drivers can actually drive one if they wished to do so.

Anyone who passed their driving test before the 1st January 1997 will have an additional C1 entitlement on their licence. Therefore, they are eligible to drive a motorhome with a weight of up to 7,500kg.

Are you over 70 years old?

Furthermore, age is also a factor. When you reach your 70th birthday, you must renew your UK driving licence. This means that if you previously had C1 entitlement, you will no longer be able to drive motorhome or campervan that weighs between 3,500kg and 7,500kg unless you pass a medical exam.

You can request your GP to complete a D4 medical report form and submit this with a D2 application form, which can be found on the DVLA website. Just be aware, that some GP practices charge a fee for these types of appointment. 

So, can you drive a motorhome on a car licence?

The simple answer to this question is YES, as long as you have a standard UK driving licence. If so, you can legally drive a motorhome or campervan – so long as it weighs up to 3,500kg.

At Life’s An Adventure, all of our motorhomes and camper vans fall under this weight category, allowing you to choose the one most suitable for your needs! Click here to check out our full range of motorhomes available to hire.

If you are looking for some additional advice, do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly team, who would be willing to answer any questions you may have. Start planning your next adventure today!