The Driving Test
The Driver And Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) are responsible for all UK driving tests. Before any UK citizen is able to drive a car on UK public roads they must first hold a valid UK licence.
Before you can learn to drive a car, moped or motorcycle you must apply for a provisional driving licence. If you already hold a valid full driving licence and want to learn to drive larger vehicles, minibuses or buses you will need to apply for provisional entitlement for these vehicles.
You can apply for your first provisional driving licence for a car, moped or motorcycle using the Driver And Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) secure and easy to use online service.
Apply online for first provisional driving licence.
Alternatively you can apply for your provisional driving licence by completing the D1 application form that is available from the DVLA form ordering service or Post Office® branches. You will also need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity and a passport style colour photograph. Send your completed application and payment to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD or you may be able to use the premium checking service.
Once you have your provisional licence, your ready to start taking lessons and taking the driving test!
Two Parts To The Test
The Theory And Hazard Perception Test and the Practical Test, further details can be obtained by clicking on the relevant links.
Did you know?
- You can get points on your provisional licence.
- Within 2 years of passing your driving test if you accumulate 6 points on your licence for traffic offences you will have to take your theory test and driving test again and you will still keep the 6 points.
- You must be 17 to drive a car or a van in the UK (unless in receipt of a full disability allowance) however you can apply for your provisional licence up to 3 months in advance of your 17th birthday.
- The only person in the United Kingdom who is not required to have a driving licence in order to drive in the UK is the Queen.