Your Provisional Driving Licence
In the UK
You cannot start to drive a car until your provisional driving licence has been accepted and in your possession. If you are in receipt of the higher rate of disability, you can start to learn how to drive when you reach your 16th Birthday otherwise you will have to wait until your 17th Birthday.
You can apply for your licence up to 2 months before your licence is due to start. But you MUST NOT drive on the road until your licence has arrived and not until the day of your 17th birthday.
You can apply for a moped provisional licence when you are 16, but you have to take and pass theCBT test before you are allowed on the road.
If you already hold a valid full driving licence and want to learn to drive larger vehicles, minibuses or buses you will need to apply for provisional entitlement for these vehicles.
Your Provisional licence does not expire until your 70th Birthday.
However, you have to renew your photo part of your licence every 10 years, so your photo can be updated.
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If you have never held a driving licence before you will need to apply for a provisional licence. You must complete driving licence application and photocard application form D1(available from most post offices) and the appropriate fee.
The new D1 form, will have an area in the bottom left corner for you to attach your photograph
You can now apply for your first provisional licence on-line.
See DirectGov Website for more details.
A list of fees can be found here.
If you do not wish to send your identity documents through the post, a premium service for checking photocard applications is available at selected post office branches.
Your application can be checked for accuracy and completeness and your identity documents returned to you immediately.
The service fee is £4.00 and is in addition to the standard driving licence fee for applications sent direct to DVLA.
Click here to link to the Post Office web page providing more information.
More information about licensing requirements can also be found in the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) leaflet D100 "What you need to know about driving licences" which is available at Post Offices.
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