Getting Started
How to apply for your provisional driving licence
Are you ready to learn how to drive? This section will give you the basics of starting driving lessons:
Nearly reaching 17
  • You can apply for a provisional licence up to three months before your 17th birthday.Then once you are 17 you can start driving a car legally on public roads.
  • If you receive Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate, you can begin taking driving lessons on your 16th birthday.
  • Remember you can only be accompanied on the road by someone who is at least 21 years old and has passed their test for 3 years or longer.
  • You can even start practising to drive on private land. Be careful not to confuse private car parks as private land. They are classed as public roads so don't use these without a provisional licence.
  • Remember to check your eyesight wearing glasses or lenses as normal and make sure that you can read a standard car number plate from 20 metres away.

(Learning to drive in big cities and the surrounding areas can be a scary experience, especially within rush hour. It's important to get lessons from a qualified driving instructor before you head out in the roads).

Applying for your Provisional Driving Licence

Before you start learning to drive, you'll need a provisional driving licence. Get the ball rolling early and apply for your provisional licence.

How to get the Provisional Licence:

1. You can pick up an application form (called the D1 form) from a Post Office or online from the DVLA website.

2.You need to have some information on hand when applying:

a valid debit or credit card
your UK passport if you have one
details of previous 3 years' addresses

3. The cost of a first provisional driving licence is £34.00 if paying online or £43 if applying by post

The process

Now you can start to learn to drive on public roads and start to practise for the Theory test. The provisional driving licence usually lasts for 10 years, but to take the practical test, you have 2 years from the date you complete the theory test. So you have 2 years to complete your training once you do your theory test otherwise you have to re-sit the theory test.

Practical Test

Now its decision time - Regular weekly lessons or an Intensive driving course? Start taking the professional training and pass your driving test.

How do I decide which option to choose?

There's no right or wrong answer. For both approaches, there are valid points. In other words, you have to do what you think is best for you as an individual.

Ask other people about their experience to get an idea for yourself.
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