Learning to drive


Individuals must be aged 17 years or over in order to drive a car (unless you are disabled and in receipt of mobility allowance, in which case the minimum age is 16).

Before you learn to drive it is necessary to attain a provisional driving licence. You can apply for this type of licence by filling in a D1 application form which is available from many post offices, or via the internet from the DVLA website, providing you show proof of identity and two passport sized photographs. Proof of identity can be in the form of a Valid Passport, Birth Certificate and Travel Documents. There are also other documents that are deemed acceptable but you must check first with the DVLA before submitting these as proof of identity.

A provisional driving licence can be requested up to three months before you turn the age of 17.

Currently, a provisional driving licence costs £50 (car, motorcycle, moped).

You must be under supervision of a fully licensed driver when driving with a provisional licence. However, it is necessary that the supervisor has held a full licence for a minimum of 3 years and must be aged 21 or over.