Q: What do I need before starting my driving lessons or booking driving lessons with a driving school?
A: Currently in the UK you have to be 17 years of age to obtain a provisional licence to
drive a car or ride a motorcycle – unless in receipt of a full disability allowance, when you can obtain a provisional licence at the age of 16 years. You must be in possession of a provisional driving license before you will be able to drive on a public road. You can obtain a licence application form D750 from any main post office.
Q: Can I start driving lessons before passing my theory test?
A:Yes, you can, and probably should, as the practical experience will help you understand the questions and answers contained in the theory test. Likewise what you study for the theory test will also be very helpful in your practical driving lessons.
Q:How many driving lessons will I need?
A:There is no minimum or maximum amount. It will be largely dependent on your own aptitude and personal rate of learning ability. This is where taking professional training from a DSA (Driving Standards Agency) Approved Driving Instructor is the best course of action, particularly if you have little or no previous experience of driving.
Q:What is the pass mark for the theory test?
A:You have to answer 43 questions correctly out of 50 to pass the multiple-choice test.
To pass the hazard perception test, candidates must score at least 44 out of 75.
Both parts must be passed to pass the theory test as a whole.
Q:Does everyone have to take the theory test?
A:People learning to drive or ride will have to take a theory test for the category of vehicle they intend to be practically tested on. However, if upgrading within the same category, or if you hold a full motorcycle licence issued before 1 February 2001 you are exempt from the car (B) theory test.Also, if you passed a theory, and a practical moped test, you won’t have to take the theory test again prior to upgrading your licence to a motorcycle licence.
Q:I have a foreign driving licence. Am I required to take the British theory and practical tests?
A:If you have a full foreign driving licence valid outside the EEC, you may be able to exchange it for the equivalent Brirish licence. Information can be found in a booklet (the D100) obtainable from most post offices, or from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (Tel: 0870 240 0009 ) where information can be obtained regarding whether you can exchange your driving licence.