Where to Start
Provisional Driving Licence
We recommend applying for a provisional driving licence as soon as possible as you will need this BEFORE you start learning to drive. You will need to complete the DVLA’s D1 application form, either via their website, or at your local post office.
You can apply for your provisional driving licence up to three months before your 17th birthday, although you cannot drive on the road until you have turned 17 and you have the provisional driving licence in your possession.
The provisional driving licence allows you to legally drive on public roads only if you are supervised by someone aged 21 or over, who has held a full EC/EEA licence for at least 3 years. This stands until you pass your driving test.
Before applying for a driving licence make sure you:
- Are a resident of the UK
- Meet the minimum age requirement
- Are able to read a car number plate from 20.5m (with or without glasses)
- Are currently not prevented from driving for any reason
- Can pay the fee by MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, Electron, Delta or Solo debit or credit card
- Have a valid UK passport or another form of identity
- Can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years
Full Driving Licence
Once you’ve passed your practical driving test you can apply for a full driving licence and get out on the road! You will need to contact the DVLA and exchange your test pass certificate and provisional driving licence for a new full UK driving licence as soon as possible.