Provisional Licence Information
Your provisional licence
Before driving on a public road or taking your theory test, you will need a valid Provisional Driving Licence. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) application form (Form D1) can be obtained from your local Post Office but you can also apply online from the official 'Gov UK' site.
Once you have your licence and are ready to start your lessons, you will need to provide proof that you have a valid licence. To do this, go to the official Gov Site and put in your licence number, national insurance number and postcode
You will then need to print the 3 pages with your licence info and details of vehicles you are allowed to drive in and any penalties
Note that ALL pages need to be produced before you are able to take your first driving lesson on public roads
READ MORE ON THE .GOV SITE
You can apply for your provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th Birthday but it will not be valid until you actually turn 17 so you will not be able to take lessons on a public road, or take your theory test until then.
Applying for your licence online requires that:
- You are a resident of Great Britain.
- You meet the minimum age requirement.
- Your eyesight is of the required standard.
- You are not currently prevented from driving for any reason.
- You can pay by Mastercard, Visa, Maestro, Electron, Delta or Solo debit or credit card
- You have a valid UK passport or another formal form of identity.
- You can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years.
A photo is required for your licence and the DVLA can use your passport photo if you have one. If you don't, or you want to use a different one, this will need to be sent to the DVLA separately.
You can find costs for all licence types here.