The Driver’s License issued by the LTO has long been updated. Gone are the Restriction Codes from before and they have been replaced with the DL Codes. Similar in its function, the given code indicates what kind of motor vehicle a license holder can legally drive. To clear it all up, here’s a guide that you can use at a quick glance to see if you are allowed to drive a certain vehicle or not.
DL Codes Explained
The old Restriction Codes were used to show if a motorist can drive a motorcycle, motor vehicle, or commercial vehicle. With the new DL Codes, specifics have been included to clearly indicate motorcycles versus tricycles, the attachment of a trailer, trucks versus buses, etc. Here you’ll find a most basic rundown of the Codes and the corresponding vehicles that they allow you to drive.
As we had lined up in our previous guide for motorcycles 82, your license requires DL Code A or A1 for a 2- or 3-wheeler motorcycle. Both A and A1 Code holders can drive motorcycles under the L1 – L7 categories and its specifics can be seen above.
For driving vehicles with 4 wheels or more, you will need to have DL Code B, B1, B2 indicated on your License. The “B” Codes are governed by GVW or Gross Vehicle Weight, as well as passenger capacity and cargo capacity. Specifics and images of applicable vehicles can be seen above.
DL Codes C and D are reserved for those who hold a Professional Driver’s License. Like the B Codes, they are also governed by GVW, passengers, and cargo capacity. C is for driving closed cargo trucks and D is for passenger buses.
Also for those with a Professional Driver’s License, DL Codes BE and CE are for driving light and heavy articulated vehicles, AKA, those with attached trailers.
BE covers those with a GVW of 750 kg or less (Category 01) or those with a GVW above 750 kg but do not exceed 3,500 kg (Category 02). CE, on the other hand, is for heavy commercial trailer trucks that exceed 3,500 kg GVW.
It can’t be easier than this, yes? With all the DL Codes indicated, plus photos of vehicles that correspond to what you can and cannot drive, we’re glad to give you this quick reference to the LTO 37‘s DL Codes. Now go and make sure that you have the proper Code for the vehicle type you’re driving, yes?
Stay and drive safely out there, everyone!