Can I Hire a Van With Standard UK Driving License

Hiring a van may seem like a complicated process. However, depending on who you visit for hiring services, you may require more than the standard forms of verification. That being said, do van drivers have a special kind of license? Does it need to be applied for? Or is a standard license enough?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘Can I hire a van with a standard UK driving license?’

North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd is here to provide solutions for you. With over 30 years of experience under our belts, our services are valued and recognised in North London and beyond. Our expertise is to help you find the right van, for the right job.

Our fleet includes small, medium and large vans, in addition to mini buses, automatic vans, electric vans and more! We also provide the ability to purchase vans.

Are vans difficult to drive compared to cars?

If you have experience in driving a car, the transition to driving a van isn’t too much of a complicated step. Understandably, you would have to get used to the handling and having the spacial awareness to navigate safely the same way you would with any other vehicle that is new to you.

Naturally, vans will have a various levels of handling depending on the make and model of the van itself, just like cars. Newer models of vans will more than likely have greater levels of handling, comfort and performance than older vans. When it comes to North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd, all of our fleet is maintained to the highest standard.

Why do HGV’s require a different license?

HGV’s, known as heavy goods vehicles are vehicles that are much larger and designed to carry substantial loads. The reason a different license required is because of the sheer size of the vehicle. The substantial size, and the fact that there will be additional loads of cargo to carry, means that driving a HGV requires precision, calmness and concentration.

HGV drivers also have set rules to follow when delivering cargo such as a limited amount of hours driven a day, and in some cases havin to sleep in the HGV. As a result, it makes sense that there are many hoops to jump through to be a legally recognised HGV driver.

Driving a HGV has additional tests before being approved to drive legally as there is a larger risk of injury to other road users, pedestrians, and buildings etc. This is because of the size, weight and handling of the vehicle.

Can I hire a van with standard UK driving license

Can I hire a van with standard UK driving license

Yes. A standard UK driving license can be used to hire a van. There is no additional form of license required to drive a van. This is only needed for a heavy goods vehicle. Depending on the company you opto to hire from, you may need to provide additional information besides your driving license.

At North London Van & Truck Hire, we require the following information including the following information…

  • Driving License — Must be held for at least 12 months, with no serious endorsements.
  • Proof Of Address (Utility Bill, Bank Statement).
  • Credit or Debit Card
  • DVLA Check Code (of the driver)

What if I am not driving the van I am hiring?

If you are hiring a van from us under your name, we require the aforementioned information. If someone else is going to be driving the van, we would require the driving license and DVLA check code of the person who will be driving.

If it is discovered that you have allowed somebody to drive our vans who was not part of the application process, you can be subject to fines or police intervention. If the authorties discover an unregistered driver using our vans, you will be subject to the penalties they decide to invoke.

Can someone else drive the van in an emergency situation?

If the person driving the vehicle is not one of the people registered during the hiring process, then they can not drive the van. When it comes to emergency situations such as the registered driver suffering from a health issue, then the vehicle can be safely parked by the passenger or a member of the public, or police/ambulance.

If the van requires travel to get to an emergency situation, as long as the driver is the registered driver of the hired van, this shouldn’t be an issue.

The process of hiring a van

The process of hiring a van

With North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd, our hiring process is incredibly efficient and simple. Here is what you need to do.

  1. Head to our website
  2. Select your pick-up location, followed by return location, pick-up date, pick-up time, drop-off date, and drop-off time. Then press enter.
  3. Select the van you require. (Please note that availability will change as other people are making/have made bookings).
  4. After choosing the van, follow on to the next page, where you can select any add-ons you may require.
  5. After selecting add-ons, follow on to the next page, where you need to enter personal details.
  6. If your details comply with our requirements, we will present a quote, which you can choose to pay, or try another service.
  7. If you are happy with this quote, we arrange a time for you to come to the showroom, view the van, and complete the rental process by verifying the required documentation.

Can I hire a van with a foreign driving license?

It is unlikely that anyone with a foreign driving license can hire a van. Though this may be different with other van hire providers. With North London Van & Truck Hire, we require British driving licenses so we can access the DVLA database via the DVLA check code with no issues.

That being said, feel free to contact us directly, as circumstances can vary between situations.

Can vans be hired by those not native to the UK?

If you have now settled in the UK after coming from another country, as long as you have a British driving license, in addition to the other factors we asked for, you should be able to hire a van from us.

However, please note that our queries are dealt with on a case-by-case basis and there may be other circumstances at play that could affect your hiring process.

Can hired vans be driven outside the UK?

The vans that we supply are only available to hire to use within the UK mainland. However, we also have vans available for purchase, with those particular vans, you can drive them outside of the UK provided you have the legal permissions.

If you are adamant on hiring a vehicle to drive outside of the UK, it would be wise to look amongst other van hire providers. Additionally, you may find a similar service available from a logistics company.

Hiring vans in North London

Hiring vans in North London

North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd has over 30 years of experience, which has allowed us to provide a varied fleet of vans suitable for a variety of needs. We encourage you to get in contact with us today to see how we can help you. Below, you can find our opening hours, address, and contact details.

In this blog, we hope to have provided all the answers you require when it comes to answering the question ‘Can I hire a van with a standard UK driving license’’ Whilst providing supplementary information to help you make an informed choice when it comes to van hire

Opening Hours:

Mon – Fri: 07:30 am to 05:00 pm

Saturday: 7:30 am to 12:00 pm

Sunday: Closed


North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd,

1320 Mollison Avenue,





020 3031 1097