How to get your Provisional Driving Licence
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How to get your Provisional Driving Licence

Provissional Driving Licence

Before you can start learning to drive or take any driving tests you need to apply for a provisional driving licence. There are a few important points to take into consideration and multiple methods of applying for your licence and our guide highlights the steps you need to take to apply for your provisional licence.

What is a Provisional Drivers Licence?

A provisional drivers licence gives you the permission to drive on the UK roads (not including motorways) whilst you are under the supervision of your driving instructor or another driver who is over the age of 21 that has held a full drivers licence for a minimum of three years. This licence will be required when you take your theory, hazard perception and practical driving test and will also be needed on your first driving lesson.

Applying for your Licence

You can apply for this by completing the DL1 application form, which is available from main Post Office® branches or MOT test centres. Or you can apply online at Apply For Provisional Driving Licence.

To get your provisional driving licence online for a car, motorcycle or moped you firstly must:

  1. Be a resident of Great Britain
  2. Meet the minimum age requirement
  3. Meet the minimum eyesight requirement
  4. Not be prevented from driving for any reason
  5. Pay £50 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card
  6. Have a valid UK passport or other form of identity
  7. Have your National Insurance number ready
  8. Be able to provide addresses where you’ve lived for the last 3 years

When you can apply

You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old and you can start driving when you’re:

  1. 17 if you want to drive a car
  2. 16 if you want to ride a moped or light quad bike

Once you have passed your driving test, your licence will be exchanged for a full drivers licence free of charge. For more information on driver licensing, see the Motoring section of the Government’s Direct Gov Uk website.

Olie Smith
Olie Smith
Olie Smith is a DSA Fully Approved Driving instructor with years of professional experience in driver training. Oliver set up Totally Driving to give a more bespoke, personal feel to driving lessons.

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