No, I'm not talking about a mathematical equation!

I'm very interested in doing my D1 and C1 tests and was looking for some advice and information from people in the 'know'.

I'll start from the beginning, by explaining how I believe it works, then if you can correct me where I go wrong then that would be great.

I have a D2 and D4 DVLA form sat on my desk, which I need to complete. I get my GP to sign the D4 Medical Declaration and fill in the D2 form myself. I then send these two forms plus my current photocard and paperlicence off to the DVLA.

The only cost incurred at this stage is from my GP for completing the form, that and the cost of a new photograph for the licence.

I wait a couple of weeks and I get back my photocard licence and paper licence with provisional categories C1 and D1.

I'm now in a position to either commence C1/D1 driver training or go straight for my test.

Does that sound right?

If I sit my C1 test, would that not mean that I am automatically qualified to drive at a D1 level, considering C1 is above D1. Or do you have so it seperate tests for both D1 and C1 regardless?

Does anyone have any idea how much I would be looking at forking out for C1 and D1 seperately, that includes lessons and a test fee?

I drive ambulances at the minute, and I also hold the MiDAS qualification, do you think that I could skip lessons for D1 and go straight for the test?

Any advice is appreciate my fellow OCUK'ers!