Before your Driving Lessons - The Provisional License

Under 17? Why not read about the A-Drive under 17's driving academy and start learning to drive in advance of receiving your provisional licence


UK Driving License Example

You can apply for your provisional license online through the DVLA website (see the DVLA page on our site for links), or by completing the D1 application form available at post offices. The current cost of a first provisional licence is £38.00 (for a car, motorcycle, medium/large vehicle, minibus/bus). If you apply using the D1 form, you'll need to send documents with it to confirm your identity.

If you're ahead of the game, you can apply for your licence up to three months before your 17th Birthday. But you'll have to wait until you're 17, and you've received and signed your provisional licence, before you can start driving and take your Theory Test.

There are various classifications of licence that authorise which type and size of vehicle you are allowed to drive, and some of the vehicle types require additional accreditation or training. In general, the minimum ages for driving on British roads are 16 years for invalid carriages and mopeds, 17 years for small vehicles and motorcycles, agricultural or forestry tractors, and 21 years for medium/large sized vehicles, minibuses and buses. If you already have a full motorcycle licence and you got this before 1 February 2001, you'll still need to take the Practical Test, but you'll be exempt from the car Theory Test.

There are certain medical conditions or other factors that may effect you being issued with a provisional driving license including recent sufferers of epilepsy and heart conditions.