How to apply for a provisional driving licence?

The Provisional Licence is like the magic key to driving. It’s actually pretty easy to get one too. Everything you need to know is right here.


Apply for a provisional driving licence online

Apply for a provisional driving licence online.

You require a valid UK passport no more than five years old, and you won’t have to provide a photo. Online is quicker and cheaper than with a postal application.

Apply for provisional licence by post

Complete a D1 Application for a Provisional Driving Licence available from the Post Office. Or, go online to DVLA order forms and have the D1 Form sent in the post.

Complete and return your application to DVLA; you will need to include a photo for your photo card. The licence should arrive within two weeks.

At what age can you apply?

To apply for the provisional driving licence, you need to be at least 15 years and nine months old.

  • You can start driving a car when you are 17.
  • At 16, you can begin to ride a moped or a light quad bike.
  • If you receive the enhanced rate of the mobility component of the Personal Insurance Payment (PIP), you can start to drive a car at 16 years old.


Your eyesight

To apply for your provisional driving licence, you need to be able to read a car number plate from a distance of 20 metres.
The minimum eyesight requirement, check it out and, if necessary, sort out some glasses or contacts from the optician.

What ID do you need to apply for a provisional licence?

  • UK passport – If you have valid UK passport no more than five years old, you need only enter the passport number on the application to confirm your ID.
  • Other acceptable forms of ID


Cost of the provisional driving licence?

The costs of the provisional driving licence will depend on how you apply.

  • Apply online, and your provisional license will cost £34.
  • A postal application for the driving licence will be £43.

Your provisional licence will be converted to a full driving licence, free of charge when you pass your practical driving test.

All UK photocard driving licence including the provisional licence need renewing every ten years – you’ll receive a reminder before your current DVLA licence ends.

Watch the video on how to apply for a provisional driving licence

The costs of a DVLA Provisional licence is now £34 when you go online and £43 for a postal application.


Avoid misleading websites offering driving licences

Drivers should only use the official GOV.UK website when applying online for a driving licence and be aware of misleading sites selling the DVLA driving licence online. Such sites are unaffiliated to DVLA and charge a lot more.

Track your licence application online

You can check the progress of your provisional license application.


Start revising for the theory test

You can book the theory test as soon as you receive your provisional licence.

Start revising for the theory test early with the Official DVSA theory test products and speed up the process of learning to drive.

Penalty points on your provisional licence

You must not drive before you receive your provisional driving licence. Three penalty points on the driving licence and a maximum fine of £1000 are the penalties for breaking this law.

If a driver has 6 or more points on their provisional licence then if they get 1 or more points after passing their test within 24 months their licence will be revoked.

If they keep a clean record for 24 months after passing their test, the points will remain on their licence until four years after the offence.

Having six penalty points before passing their test will not lead to your licence being revoked only getting additional points will.

Northern Ireland provisional driving licence

There is a separate service if you are a resident of Northern Ireland and applying for a Northern Ireland provisional licence.

EU & EEA and other foreign nationals applying for a UK provisional driving licence

To apply for your Provisional Licence, you need to be resident in the UK and provide the required documentation.

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