How to Apply For Your Provisional Driving Licence
Below we detail what you need to do to get your provisional driving licence. You will need your provisional driving licence in order to take any driving lessons or driving courses and your driving instructor will ask to see this before you start any of your lessons
To get your first provisional driving licence online for a car you must:
(1) be a resident of Great Britain – there’s a different service in Northern Ireland
(2) meet the minimum age requirement- You need to be 17 before you can get a provisional licence and start learning to drive a car.
(3) meet the minimum eyesight requirement, You must wear glasses or contact lenses every time you drive if you need them to meet the ‘standards of vision for driving’. You must tell DVLA if you’ve got any problem with your eyesight that affects both of your eyes, or the remaining eye if you only have one eye.
(4) not be prevented from driving for any reason
(5) pay £34 by Credit Card, MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit
(6) have a valid UK passport or other form of identity – a current and valid passport a biometric residence permit (BRP) – formerly known as the identity card for foreign nationals a UK certificate of naturalisation – an European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) national identity card – a travel document
(7) have your National Insurance number if known
(8) provide addresses where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
Your licence should arrive within one week if you apply online.
When can you apply for your provisional driving licence
You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old.
You can start driving when you are:
17yrs old, if you want to drive a car
16yrs old, if you want to ride a moped or light quad bike
Your Driving Licence will say when you can start driving different vehicles.
You can actually drive a car when you are 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
The DVLA will confirm your details with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Do not delay get online and get your provisional driving licence TODAY
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When Can I Apply for my Provisional driving licence?
A. You can apply for your driving Licence up to 3 Months before you turn 17 years old
Q. How much does a Provisional Driving Licence cost?
A. The cost of a Provisional Driving Licence is £34.00 if applied for online, or £43.00 if applied for by post.
Q. How can I apply for my Provisional Driving Licence?
A. You can apply online at the DVLA or you can visit your local post office to pick an application form for free.
Q. Can I take any driving lessons before my driving licence arrives?
A. You are not permitted to drive at all (including any driving lessons or courses) until your provisional driving licence arrives.
Q. How long is a provisional licence valid for?
A. Driving entitlement for holders of both old style paper driving licences and newer photocard driving licences is to age 70.
Once you have your Provisional Driving Licence you will need to book your driving theory test
Book your driving test in London
THEORY TEST CENTRES IN AND AROUND LONDON
Chatham Theory Test Centre
14-16 High Street, Chatham, ME4 4EP
Croydon Theory Test Centre
2nd Floor, Central House, 27 Park Street Croydon, South London, CR0 1YD
Ilford Theory Test Centre
253 High Street, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1NE
Kingston upon Thames Theory Test Centre
4th Floor, Drapers Court, Kingston Hall Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2BQ
Sidcup Theory Test Centre
Planwell House, LEFA Business Park, Edgington Road, Sidcup, DA14 5BH
Southgate Theory Test Centre
2nd Floor, Crown House, 47 Chase Side, Southgate, Enfield, N14 5BP
Southwark Theory Test Centre
1st Floor, 9 Holyrood Street, Southwark, London, SE1 2EL
Staines Theory Test Centre
11-17 Kingston Road, Staines, Middlesex, TW18 4QX
Uxbridge Theory Test Centre
Wellington House, 4-10 Cowley Road, Uxbridge, UB8 2XW
Watford Theory Test Centre
1st Floor, Cassiobury House, 11-19 Station Road, Watford, WD17 1AP
Renewing Your Driving Licence
You must renew a photocard licence every 10 years – you’ll receive a reminder before your current driving licence ends.
There is a different Licence renewal service if you want to renew your licence and you are 70 or over. Check on the DVLA website.
Your Provisional Licence Restrictions
When driving on a provisional licence, you must be accompanied by someone aged over 21 who has held a full driving licence for at least 3 years.
The person accompanying you must be in the front passenger seat and be fully fit to drive – so that means you can not give an older friend a lift home from the pub or club if they are over the alcohol limit!
You are not allowed to drive on any motorway on a provisional driving licence.
You must display ‘L’ (learner) plates on the front and back of your vehicle at all times (or ‘D’ plates in Wales).
These driving restrictions are lifted the moment you pass your driving test, even if you have not yet received your full licence yet.
Have you recently failed your driving test and need to arrange another test quickly? We can arrange you driving test and provide you with a vehicle in under 10 days. We have access to late cancellations and short notice driving test date bookings.
Driving Test Centres in London and Surrey
Morden Driving Test Centre
- 10 Tudor Drive
- SM4 4P
Croydon Driving Test Centre
- 111 Canterbury Road
- CR0 3HH
Tolworth Driving Test Centre
- Douglas House 1b Douglas Road
- KT6 7RZ
Wallington (Mint House) Driving Test Centre
- Mint House 6 Stanley Park Road
- SM6 0PY
Isleworth Driving Test Centre
- Worton Hall
- Worton Road
- TW7 6ER
Hither Green Driving Test Centre
- 42-44 Ennersdale Road
- Hither Green
- Greater London
- SE13 6JD
Mitcham Driving Test Centre
- Redhouse Road
- CR0 3AQ
Sutton Driving Test Centre
- Helena House, 348 High Street
- SM1 1PU