Applying For A Licence

Looking into getting your first provisional or full driving licence?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Looking into getting your first provisional or full driving licence? Here’s everything you need to know.

Provisional Licence

Before you can start learning to drive, you must apply for a provisional licence.

You can apply for your provisional licence either online or by visiting your local post office.

To apply for your provisional driving licence online you need to go to GOV.UK.  Alternatively, you can apply for your provisional licence by completing the D1 application form, available at your local Post Office.

To Apply For Your Provisional Licence, You Need To:

  • Turn 17 within 3 months (but you need to wait until your birthday before you can drive on the road).
  • Have a valid proof of identity.
  • Live in the UK.
  • Give all addresses where you’ve lived over the last three years.
  • Be able to read a new-style number plate from 20 metres or an old-style number plate form 20.5 metres.
  • Not be prevented from driving for any reason.
  • Be able to pay £34 by debit or credit card.

 

The DVLA will try to send you your provisional licence within 3 weeks of receiving your application although it can take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked.

Remember – you will need your new licence to arrive prior to driving and will have to give your Instructor a DVSA code which proves your entitlement to drive. For more details click here.

Full Driving Licence

Usually once you’ve been told by the driving examiner that you’ve passed your practical driving test they will take your provisional licence and send it back to the DVLA for processing. 

However if the address on your provisional licence is different to where you live now then you will need to get in touch with the DVLA to swap your test pass certificate, provisional driving licence and update your address for a full licence as soon as possible.