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Applying for a provisional license

First things first, before you can even get into a car and start learning to drive, you have to get hold of a provisional driving license. To apply for this, you must complete the application form D1 that is available from either the 'Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) form ordering service', or from your local Post Office. It takes about 4 weeks for your application to be processed and for your license to be sent to you - so if you want to start learning as soon as you hit 17, make sure you apply early!

Recommended Reading

The Highway Code is essential reading for everybody learning to drive. It contains all of the rules and regulations that relate to driving in the UK. As a driver, it is your duty to know these rules - and remember if you do not abide by them, you will be breaking the law and could end up being prosecuted. This could lead to you losing your license, so it is worth getting to know what is what!

Applying for your Practical Test

OK, so you have had all your lessons and you are ready to go - what next? You need to apply to take your test with your local DSA centre. You can do this online from the DSA website , but we strongly recommend you do not apply for your test until your Instructor thinks you are ready.

Your Driving Theory Test

The theory test is made up of two parts; a multiple choice section and a Hazard Perception test. The multiple choice section is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse, while the hazard perception test records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.

You will need to pass both parts to successfully complete your theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other, you will fail the whole test, and will have to take both parts again.

You can book your Theory test through the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) website or your Instructor can arrange it for you

The Practical Driving Test

Before you do any driving you will be asked to perform an eyesight check and then be asked some vehicle safety questions. You will then be tested on your general driving ability, including two reversing exercises.

The 'Driving' part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for evidence you have reached an overall safe standard of driving, as you carry out both general and specific maneuvers. You can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test, but 16 or more minor faults results in a fail. However, if you commit just one serious or dangerous fault, you will fail the test automatically.

You must bring the following items with you to the test. If you do not, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee.

  1. An appropriately insured and licensed vehicle, displaying L- Plates, that's suitable for the test - do not worry our Cars are perfect for the job and readily available!
  2. The appropriate theory test pass certificate
  3. Your appointment letter confirming your test time and date
  4. Both parts of your photo card license. If you do not take both parts of your licence, your test will not take place and you will lose your fee
  5. If you have an old-style paper license, you must take your signed driving license and separate approved photo identification with you