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Can I tow a trailer on my licence in the UK?

To legally tow a trailer in the UK you must have the correct entitlements on your driving licence. If you passed your test on or after 1st January 1997 and have never taken the trailer test then by law you will only be allowed to tow a small trailer with a maximum authorised mass MAM of less than 750kg.

If you are not sure when you passed your test, you can check your towing entitlement by looking at the back of your driving licence:

Check your entitlement on the back of your driving licence to see if you can legally tow a trailer in the UK.
Check the back of your driving licence to see if you can legally tow a trailer in the UK.
  • In column 9, the “BE” row must have a “Valid to” date (column 11) that has not already expired.
  • If there are no dates displayed for this row (as shown in the picture), you are not allowed to tow a large trailer, caravan or horsebox.

If you don’t have a B+E licence and you need to tow a caravan, horsebox or a large trailer (with a maximum authorised mass MAM of 750kg to 3500kg), then you’ll need to pass the B+E trailer test.

If you passed your driving test before 1st January 1997 then you’ll already have B+E entitlement on your licence and you do not need to take a test. However, even if you are legally entitled to tow you might not feel you have the skills or confidence to do so safely. We can provide training to develop your towing skills so that you can drive with a trailer confidently.