D1 Minibus Licence

At Green Pass Training we take great pride & satisfaction to be working with schools, academies, colleges and business organisations across Lancashire, and have become the chosen provider of D1 training due to our professionalism, individual teaching methods and fantastic pass rates.

If you passed your driving test before January 1997 you will have inherited your D1 licence as part of that test, but there is a big difference in driving a minibus compared to a car; just because you’re legal doesn’t mean you’re safe.

For your D1 minibus licence, we provide a complete solution; arranging the theory and practical tests as well as the comprehensive minibus training programme. All you have to do is book your medical and we do the rest.

We come to you at your school, academy, college or place of work – saving you time and money. Your minibus driver training can also be scheduled to whenever you prefer. Term time or holidays – the choice is yours.

For those teaching and support staff that already hold the D1 licence but have never, or rarely, driven a minibus, Green Pass Training offer MiDAS (Minibus Drivers Assessment Scheme) courses for additional peace of mind.

Training Syllabus


You will need to complete a D2 application form and provide a Medical Examination Report (D4). Further information can be obtained from the DVLA’s INF28 leaflet, Driving a Minibus. You can obtain the forms you need by clicking here.

Theory Test

After you’ve got provisional D1 entitlement on your licence you can apply to take the minibus theory and practical tests. You must pass both in order to have category D1 added to your licence.

Practical Test

Your practical test will last about 1 hour and 30 minutes and includes:

  • vehicle safety questions

  • practical road driving

  • off-road exercises

Vehicle safety questions

During your test you’ll be asked vehicle safety questions on either:
lorries, buses and coaches
lorries, buses and coaches towing trailers

On- road driving

During your practical road driving, the examiner will see how you:

  • use the vehicle controls

  • move away at an angle, uphill and downhill

  • do a controlled stop

  • use the mirrors

  • give appropriate signals

  • show awareness and anticipation of other road users’ intentions

  • manage your progress and control your vehicle speed

  • deal with hazards

  • select a safe place to stop

There will also be 10 minutes of independent driving, designed to test your ability to drive safely while making independent decisions.

Off-road exercises

The off-road exercises will include:

  • an ‘S’ shaped reverse into a bay

  • showing the uncoupling and recoupling procedure if you’re taking a test with a trailer

Test result

After you’ve taken the practical test your examiner will tell you if you’ve passed and explain how you did.

You’ll pass your test if you make:

  • 15 or fewer driving faults

  • no serious or dangerous faults

If you fail, you can book another driving test straight away, but you can’t take it for another 3 clear working days.

D4 Medical Form

Green Pass Training will book the medical for you within 7 – 10 days.

Get in touch today

Give us a call and we will take care of all your driving needs. Booking opening soon…