Driving licence category C

The license for the really big trucks

The truck is one of the most important means of transport. For this reason, the demand for professional drivers remains very high. However, if the C1 driving licence is not sufficient for you and you want to drive vehicles without the upper limit of 7,500 kg, you must complete a C driving licence training course.

Here, as well, the prior possession of a B driving licence is a mandatory requirement. The advantage: When you take the C driving licence, you automatically receive the C1 driving licence. You can find further important information about training on this page.

Transport the very large masses with the C driving license.
[Translate to English:] Mit dem C-Führerschein können Kraftfahrzeuge auch über 7.500 kg gefahren werden.

General information on the C driving licence

  • Minimum age: You must be at least 21 years of age to drive a category C vehicle. However, it can be reduced to 18 by some state-recognised training occupations. These include professional drivers, specialists in driving operations, road maintenance personnel, plant firefighters.
  • Documents: A valid identity card or passport, biometric passport photo, possibly first aid course, ophthalmological certificate, medical certificate of physical and mental aptitude are required.
  • Limitation: All "truck categories" are only granted for 5 years. For renewal, a new medical and ophthalmological certificate must be presented.
  • Examinations: In spite of a B driving licence, a theory examination and a practical examination must be taken for category C again.
  • This is what you get to drive on a C license: motor vehicles, with the exception of categories AM, A1, A2, A, D1 and D over 3,500 kg but not exceeding 7,500 kg and registered for not more than 8 persons plus driver.

  • Trailer regulation: Permissible total weight must not exceed 750 kg.
  • You will automatically receive these driving licence categories: C1
  • Aptitude test: A medical certificate must be presented in advance in order to issue or renew the C driving licence. This includes examinations of physical and mental aptitude. You can see what such a certificate looks like here.
  • Costs: The costs are slightly higher than the C1 driving licence. To save money, we recommend that you complete categories C and CE together. 
  • Special features: If you want to use the truck for commercial goods transport, you must have a basic qualification in accordance with the Professional Drivers Qualification Act (BKrFQG). Without them, you may drive category C trucks, but not commercially. You can find more information under "Frequently Asked Questions" on this page.
  • Another special feature: Anyone wishing to use C-Category vehicles commercially must take part in further training every 5 years after the initial qualification.
  • All you need to know about training for the C driving licence

    Theory:

    In general, 6 double lessons of basic material and 10 double lessons of class-specific additive of 90 minutes each are planned for the theory lessons. The number of obligatory double lessons for the additive is only 4 with an existing C1/D1 category driving licence and only 2 with an existing D category driving licence.

    In the theoretical test for the Category C driving licence, 37 questions must be answered, with a maximum of 10 error points. In this exam the wrong answering of at least 2 questions with 5 error points each also leads to the automatic non-existence. The examination usually lasts 45 minutes.

    Practice:

    The basic training (practice drives) depends on the individual abilities and learning progress of the learner. A general statement about the number cannot be made. However, the following special drives are also mandatory for the Category C driving licence:

    • Category B pre-ownership: 5x overland tour, 2x motorway tour, 3x night tour
    • Category C1 pre-ownership:3x overland tour, 1x motorway tour, 1x night tour
    • C and CE together: 8x overland drive, 3x motorway drive, 3x night drive
    Puzzleteile mit Beschriftung Theorie und Praxis
    As a truck driver, you're allowed to drive the really big vehicles.

    Find your truck driving school

    You don't mind if it's heavier, do you? No problem - because in our search you will find driving schools in your area that offer training for the C driving licence.