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Applying for a Provisional Driving Licence

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Welcome to the world of driving in Britain. The first thing you must do when learning to drive is to apply for a provisional driving licence. The fee is £50.00. It is true, before you can even learn to drive a car, moped or motorcycle you have to have a provisional driving licence. If you already hold a valid full driving licence and want to learn to drive larger vehicles, minibuses or buses you will need to apply for provisional licences for these vehicles. The larger vehicles provisional licence is free of charge.

New Drivers Act

New drivers read this carefully. Your driving licence is automatically taken away if you build up six or more penalty points within two years of passing your first driving test. And you'll have to reapply for your driving licence as a learner driver and resit your driving test�ouch!

How do I Apply for a Provisional Driving Licence?

You can apply online or by post or in person.

If you apply online, you will need to set up a Government Gateway User ID. DVLA should be able to deliver your provisional driving licence to you in about three weeks of receiving your application. It will take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked.

Here are a few other things you will need to know before you begin:

  • You must be a resident of Great Britain.
  • You have a valid UK passport or another form of identity.
  • You are currently not prevented from driving for any reason.
  • You can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years.
  • You meet the minimum age requirement.
  • You meet the minimum eyesight requirement.
  • You can pay £50.00 by MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, Electron, Delta or Solo debit or credit card.

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Apply in Person or by Post – Fee is £50.00

You can apply for your provisional driving licence by completing the D1 pack form that is available from the DVLA form ordering service. or Post Office branches. You will also need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity, a passport style colour photograph. The fee is £50.00. Send your completed application and payment to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD or you can use the Premium Checking Service.

Premium Checking Service

Don't want to send your identification through the post to the Driver and Vehicle Licence Agency (DVLA)? You may be able to use the premium checking services available at selected Post Office branches or DVLA local offices. Click here for details.
Remember, the premium checking service is not available for online applications.

How Do I Apply For a Provisional Entitlement for Larger Vehicles, Minibuses and Buses?

Do you have a valid full paper licence? Then that is all you need to add a provisional entitlement to drive larger vehicles, minibuses and buses. This service is free of charge. There is no fee required for the application. Just complete the application form D2 and the medical report form D4. These are available from the DVLA form ordering service.

If you are applying for a large goods vehicle (LGV) driving licence or a passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) driving licence you will have to meet a high standard of driving conduct.

DVLA should be able to deliver your provisional driving licence to you in about three weeks of receiving your application. It will take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked.

The D4 is filled out by a doctor. Your doctor will normally charge you for completing the report and those registered will charge VAT .It is also necessary to send original documentation confirming your identity, a passport style colour photograph and your current paper driving licence.

Send your forms to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BR. Or use the premium checking service.

Premium Checking Service

Don't want to send your identification through the post to the Driver and Vehicle Licence Agency (DVLA)? You may be able to use the premium checking services available at selected Post Office? branches or DVLA local offices. Click here for details.
Remember, the premium checking service is not available for online applications.

I have a Photocard Licence

Do you have a valid full photocard driving licence? Do you want to apply for a provisional driving licence to drive larger vehicles, minibuses and buses? All you need to do is complete the application form D2 and the medical report form D4.  These are available from the DVLA form ordering service. You must also enclose your photocard driving licence (with the D740 paper counterpart). Send it to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BR.

DVLA should be able to deliver your provisional driving licence to you in about three weeks of receiving your application. It will take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked.

Minimum Ages & Vehicles You Can Drive

The DVLA have clear guidelines outlining what vehicles you can drive, what maximum weight the vehicle can be, and how old you must be to drive them. And here are dvlaguide.com we've listed them for you below.

Cars

You must be 17 years of age to drive a car with or without a trailer. This is a category B.
The car can't exceed 3500kg. It can't have more than eight passenger seats with a trailer up to 750kg.

Motorcycles

You can be 17 years of age to drive light motorcycles not exceeding 125cc and a power output not exceeding 11kW (14.6bhp) and any size motorcycle with or without a sidecar you must be 21 years of age.

Mopeds

Mopeds with an engine capacity not exceeding 50cc and a maximum design speed not exceeding 50km/h you must be 16 years of age.

For larger vehicles and a complete list of requirements click here.

Rules for Learner Drivers & Riders

There are duties and obligations that all drivers must meet before driving or keeping a vehicle on the road in the UK. You also need to tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) of any changes to your personal or vehicle details.

It is important to learn safe driving practice from the beginning of your driving career. Learning safe driving habits from the start will improve the safety of yourself and other road users.

Approved driving instructor (ADI), have the experience, knowledge and training to teach you properly. If you want to practice your driving with an accompanying driver, the accompanying driver must be over the age of 21 and must have held (and still hold) a full licence, in the relevant vehicle category, for three years.

Click here to hire an approved driving instructor.

As a learner driver you need to display ‘ L’ plates (‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales) in a conspicuous position on the front and rear of the vehicle you are driving. Don't forget to do this.

Before You Drive or Ride

To drive or ride a vehicle or motorcycle you must hold the right driving licence for the vehicle being driven, meet driver minimum age requirements, and meet the legal eyesight standards

A learner driver must always, display L plates and be supervised by a qualified driver (not if riding a motorcycle).

Before driving a vehicle on the road, the vehicle must be registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), have a valid vehicle tax disc, and hold a current test certificate (if this is required).

You must have the minimum of third party insurance to drive in the UK.

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How to Choose a Driving Instructor

Picking the right teacher for any new activity is important but when learning to drive it is essential to have a qualified instructor.

If you are paying someone to teach you to drive, they must be approved and registered with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). Remember, only a registered approved driving instructor (ADI) can charge money for teaching you to drive.

Did you know that recent surveys indicate that nine in ten learners who passed both theory and practical tests first time were taught by an instructor. A fully qualified approved driving instructor (ADI) has to display a green certificate on the windscreen of the car while teaching you. Some trainee driving instructors are granted a licence so they can gain experience before their qualifying examination. In this case, the trainee driving instructor must display a pink certificate on the windscreen.

DSA is responsible for maintaining and checking the standards of all approved driving instructors (ADI), who to qualify must:

  1. have held a full driving licence for at least four years
  2. pass a much tougher theory test than the one learner drivers take
  3. pass a strict driving test
  4. reach and keep up a high standard of instruction. The standard of tuition given by the ADI is regularly checked by a supervising examiner from DSA
  5. be registered with DSA
  6. display an ADI identification certificate on the windscreen of the tuition vehicle

Your ADI can offer advice on:

  1. all aspects of driving
  2. what books to read
  3. when to take your test
  4. how to practice

Choose an instructor who:

  1. has a good reputation
  2. is reliable and punctual
  3. has a car that suits you

Click here to choose a driving instructor.

Test Fees

The most inexpensive tests are for a car or motorcycle and the most expensive tests are for disqualified drivers. Check out the complete list fees. Fees listed below have been updated as of September 2008.