Driving Permit Classes in Uganda and Obtaining them

Last Updated on December 11, 2020 by KWS Adams
Driving permit classes in Uganda

Wondering how to obtain the different driving permit classes in Uganda? Read on as this post entails everything with regard. Obtaining a class B driving permit in Uganda is mandatory for all first-time motor vehicle drivers. This is an introductory class in vehicles as opposed to class A which is for motorcycles only, and Class E for extended vehicle carriers, class F for handheld or food driven machines, class G for fork lifters, class H for tractors, and class I for boats.

If you are planning to drive for example a passengers taxi or van not exceeding 14 passengers which requires class DL, coasters which require class DM, buses which require class DH, goods trailers which require class CH, and medium goods trucks which require class CM, then obtaining class B, which opens you to driving vehicles is mandatory.

Driving Permit Classes in Uganda

  • A – Motorcycles
  • B – Cars up to 7 passengers and 3.5 tonnes
  • CM – Up to 7 tonnes.
  • CH – Heavy goods vehicles
  • DL – Taxis up to 14 passengers
  • DM – Coaster buses
  • DH – Buses
  • E – Extra puller
  • F – Pedestrian controlled
  • G – Lifters
  • H – Tractors
  • I – Boats

Adding classes to your driving permit

Once you have acquired class B, of course, you will need to drive for a number of years before you can extend or add another class that falls in the passenger’s services or goods category vehicles. The current year’s limit and ages of the driver is set by the ministry of works for the traffic rules and regulations on behalf of the government and enforced by the issuing bodies.

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One should note that there are driving permit fees that should be paid in the bank on behalf of Uganda revenue authority apply, for example, one should pay for a provisional, test fees, extension, exchange, renewals, medical examination fees,  and etc depending on what one is interested in.

Please note that depending on the vehicle or machine or whatever one wants to drive or ride, one should process the exact or matching class of driving permit in Uganda so as to be allowed to drive on the roads.

The minimum required age for one to acquire a driving permit in Uganda is 18 for starters, 25 years for upgrading to another class in the vehicle category but the same age requirement for motorcycles and others as we have seen above.

Driving Permit Classes in Uganda and Obtaining them

20 thoughts on “Driving Permit Classes in Uganda and Obtaining them

  1. Hello, Adam.
    My class B permit is expiring soon, I was wondering if it is possible for someone to renew and add/extend more than 1 class to their new permit. Eg. I have a B class now, I would like to add A, CM and DL. Is this possible at once?

    1. The answer is yes. You can add more than one class at a time for as long as you are eligible. Eligibility is when you are of the right age, and adding classes which are not similar. By this I mean being aged 25 years plus, having driven for the recommended number of years, and adding a class for example CM for luggage, and DL for passengers but not different passenger claßes at the same time, it luggage classes at the same time. I hope this you understand well. In case you are still wondeting how to, call me on 0752009001 for a more explanation. And please note, I a PPD!

  2. Hi, if I have a European license with A and B and have driven for years and am over 25 – can I obtain a Ugandan extension so that I can drive a typical 14/16 seater?? weebale

    1. Depending on how your european driving license is interpreted during exchange, you may or may not qualify. Assuming your A and B were meant for 14 seater in europe, then you may be allowed to drive the same after an exchange or conversion. I would advise you to first contact UDLS and inquire before proceeding to do the conversion.

      1. The B is up to 8 people excluding driver. I wondered if I could change my European B into a Ugandan B and then just take exam/test/course(?) for extension to DL for typical supercustom/Hyundai/Toyota 14 seater.

        1. Similarly, the Ugandan class B is limited to 7 passengers. I suggest you make an exchange first, and later make an extension after the course. Hope that clarifies

    1. You can skip from B to DL since DL is passenger vehicles provided you have driven for the recommended number of years, and that you are in the allowed age. However, you may not skip from B to CH without CM. Call me for a detailed explanation.

    1. A certificate of competence issued by the IOV. Full test for the class of choice is CM. Aged 25 and above. Have a driver’s license aged 3 years plus. Full payment of both the test fees and extension of class.

    1. No, class B covers vehicles up to 7 passengers for passenger services including salons and wagons, and up to 3.5 tonnes for commercials. You should add class A for motorcycles.

  3. How much is renewing my ugandan drivers license as it expired and I’m currently abroad.

    1. No. Class B is for motor vehicles not exceeding 7 passengers and those goods vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes. Better add class A for riding. Thanks.

  4. Give us details of all classes, for example B class is for 7 passengers and 3.5 tones, Is H for graders, tractors, excavators etc?

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