Learners

EXPERIENCE

YOU CAN TRUST

APPLY FOR A LICENCE

Before you can start learning to drive, you'll need a UK PROVISIONAL LICENCE

It costs £34 to apply online. You can pay by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card.

You’ll need to provide:

  • an IDENTITY DOCUMENT unless you have a valid UK biometric passport
  • addresses where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
  • your National Insurance number if you know it

You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres. You’ll get a confirmation email from DVLA after you’ve applied. You might be asked to take part in research by email, but you can opt out.

Your licence should arrive within one week if you apply online. It may take longer if DVLA need to make additional checks.


CHOOSE AN INSTRUCTOR

 Anyone you pay to teach you to drive must be either:

  • a qualified and approved driving instructor (ADI)
  • a trainee driving instructor

Instructors have to display a badge in their windscreen to prove that they’re registered with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). They display:

  • a green badge if they’re a qualified driving instructor
  • a pink badge if they’re a trainee

There’s no minimum number of lessons you must have or hours you must practise driving.

How many lessons you need will depend on how quickly you learn.


PRACTICING WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS

Anyone who acts as your accompanying driver (without paying them), must:

  • be over 21
  • be qualified to drive the type of vehicle you want to learn in, e.g. they must have a manual car licence if they’re supervising you in a manual car
  • have had their full driving licence for 3 years (from countries in the European Union or European Economic Area)


THEORY TEST: CARS

Before you can apply for your Practical Test, you must pass your Theory & Hazard Perception Test and our advice is BOOK IT NOW

Unless your hobby happens to be road safety (and we're guessing that's unlikely), then we won't lie - it's not that exciting. Most students only tend to study once the test is booked and have a target to aim for. Don't worry, we'll guide you towards your date. If you feel that the date is drawing near and that you're not fully prepared, you can always postpone it.

One of the most common reasons for taking a long time to pass the Practical Test, is the knock-on effect of delaying a Theory Test, which leads to an inevitable delay in getting a Practical Test date.

The waiting list for a Theory Test can be 4 to 5 weeks, whereas the waiting list for a Practical Test can easily be 12 to 16 weeks, depending on your choice of test centre.


STUDY MATERIAL FOR YOUR THEORY TEST

While we have no affiliation with any publishers, the DVSA recommend the following publications and sources.

The official

Theory & Hazard

Perception Test kit

DVSA YouTube Theory Test 2019 Guide

 Still an essential

 must have for basic

 rules & regulations

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