Getting Started

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  • You must be 17 years old. (16 if you receive disability living allowance at the higher rate)
  • You must hold a provisional licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland.
  • You must be able to read a new-style number plate from 20 metres away (with glasses or contact lenses if you need them, as long as you always wear them when you're driving).
  • You must make sure any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insured.
  • You must display L plates on the front and rear of the vehicle where they can be clearly seen when you're driving (L or D plates in Wales).
  • You must be accompanied by a qualified driver who is over 21 and has held (still holds) a full car driving licence for at least three years.

 

Getting your provisional licence

The quickest way to apply for your provisional licence is online at GOV.UK. You'll need a debit or credit card, proof of your identity (such as your passport) and your address details for the last three years.

You can apply for your provisional licence by post. You can also apply using a D1 form, which you can get from any post office. Find out more about applying by post at GOV.UK.

You can apply up to three months before your 17th birthday (or when you're 16 if you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance).

A provisional driving licence has some limitations and restrictions you need to be aware of. Check GOV.UK to see what these are.

 

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