Driving Licence Requirements

Before driving on a public road or take your theory test, you will need a valid Provisional Driving Licence. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) application form (Form D1) can be obtained from your local Post Office but you can also apply online from the official ‘Gov UK’ site.

You can apply for your licence up to 3 months before your 17th Birthday but it will not valid until you actually turn 17 so you will not be able to take lessons on a public road, or take your theory test until then.

You can apply for your first British provisional driving licence online if you:

  • Are a resident of Great Britain
  • Meet the minimum age requirement
  • Can meet the minimum eyesight requirement
  • Are currently not prevented from driving for any reason
  • Can pay by Mastercard, Visa, Maestro, Electron, Delta or Solo debit or credit card
  • Have a valid UK passport or another form of identity
  • Can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years

As a photo is required for your licence the DVLA can use your passport photo if you have one. If you don’t have one, or you want to use a different one, this will need to be sent to the DVLA separately.

You can find costs for all licence types here