Published on 17 January 2022
Before starting your driving lessons, you’ll need to apply for your provisional licence. Here’s everything you need to know.
We’ve put together a list of some useful things to know before you start applying for your provisional licence.
You can get a provisional driving licence online from the DVLA’s website. This means you’ll be able to drive a moped, a motorbike or a car. It costs £34 and you can pay for it with a debit or credit card.
If you don’t have a valid UK passport, you’ll need to supply the DVLA with a few identity documents. You can find out more about the type of documents you’ll need on the DVLA’s website.
You can also apply for your provisional licence by post. You’ll need to complete the DVLA’s form online or pick up one from a post office. Applying through the post costs £43 and you’ll need to enclose a cheque or postal order (you can’t send cash).
Now you’ve got your provisional licence, you might have a few questions about what happens next.
You need to be 17 years old before you can drive a car. If you’re entitled to Personal Independence Payment (PIP), you can drive a car when you’re 16 years old.
Until a learner receives their full driving licence, they must be supervised at all times. A qualified driving instructor can supervise, or a learner might want additional practice under the supervision of a friend or family member.
If you’re learning with a qualified instructor, they will have the appropriate learner driver insurance.
You’ll need to have your own insurance if you’re practicing in a car you own. If you’re practicing in someone else’s car, you should check that their insurance covers learner drivers.
If you’re hiring one of our dual control cars for additional practice, your learner insurance is covered in the cost of the hire.