You must have a Provisional Driving Licence
when you are learning to drive...
When can I apply for my Provisional?
For car drivers, the earliest date your Provisional Licence can become valid is your 17th birthday. However, you can apply for the licence up to three months before your 17th birthday.
If you apply for your provisional licence before you are 17, you will still have to wait until your birthday before you can take your Theory Test, but it does not stop you getting prepared.
If you are receiving disability living allowance at the higher rate your provisional licence will come into effect when you are 16, but you can apply for it within three months of your 16th birthday.
How do I apply online?
You will need to apply via a Government Gateway ID, which gives you an online identity to use whenever you are using
You will need to meet the following requirements:
- Are a resident of Great Britain
- Can meet the minimum age requirement
- Can meet the minimum eyesight requirement
- Are currently not prevented from driving for any reason
- Can pay £50.00 MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card
- Have a valid UK passport or another form of identity
- Can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years
How do I apply by post?
You can also apply for you Provisional Licence by post.
The D1 application form is available from the DVLA form ordering service, or at any main Post Office® branch. You will also need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity, a passport style colour photograph and the fee of £50.00.