What Size Van Can I Hire On A Standard Licence?

If you haven’t rented a Van before – you may be unaware that you may need additional provisions added onto your licence in order to to so. Our vans at CitiRental only require you to hold a Standard Full UK Driving Licence but if you need to hire a larger vehicle such as minibuses, buses and even lorries. A standard driving licence allows you to drive vehicles up to a weight of 3,500 kg, for vehicles from 3,500 kg to 7,500 kg you will need to pass additional qualifications.

How do I add provisions to my licence?

For licences holders that passed their test before the 1st of January 1997, certain group provisions will apply automatically. If you need to add a provision, then you will need to apply for a provisional entitlement. Once approved – similar to holding a provisional driving licence, you will need to pass a theory and practical driving test in order to have that category of vehicle added to your licence.

If you’re unsure of what you’re able to drive on your current driving licence, you can check it online with the DVLA. This service also allows you to generate a “share code” which provides your driving licence information to rental companies or insurers should they require it. All you need is your National Insurance Number, Driving Licence and Postal Code.

Remember: Driving without the right licence can land you with a fine of up to £1,000 and up to 6 penalty points on your licence.

What else do I need to hire a van?

There are a number of things required which enable you to drive a van, most of it should be sorted out by the rental company. Key things to check that they have include:

  • Valid insurance cover for the vehicle that you are hiring.
  • Tax cover for the vehicle – failing so can result in a fine of up to £1,000.
  • A valid MOT certificate.
  • Congestion charge & Ultra Low Emissions Zone fees if you are driving into Central London. Some rental agencies do not include these fees so make sure you find out before you head into the zones!


If you are looking to hire a van, then you’ve come to the right place. Get in touch with us at CitiRental Vans on 0207 722 1585 and we’ll get you going with your van!

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