In this article we will explain how to apply for a provisional driving licence. There are two ways to do this:
- by post using a D1 application form
- by using the DVLA’s online service (by far the easiest option)
What age can I apply for a provisional driving licence?
You can actually apply for a provisional driving licence from the age of 15 years and 9 months. Although you cannot actually drive on the road until you turn 17. You can however, start learning to drive 16 if you have a disability and you are claiming the higher rate of Personal Independence Payment.
To apply for your licence online you must be able to say that:
- you can read a vehicle number plate from a minimum of 20m away
- and that you have been or intend to live in the UK for at least 185 days
Items you will need to start your application
You will need an email address in order to create a DVLA account. In addition, you will need an identity document such as a:
- Biometric residence permit
- Biometric residence card
- National identity card
You also need to provide your National Insurance number, and previous addresses from the last 3 years. If you do not have a passport, you will need to provide a valid photo and a document with your signature on it.
As you go through the application, there will be a number of questions for you to answer. One of these will be about your health, as there are certain conditions that you need to report to the DVLA before you get behind the wheel.
Once you have completed the application, your new provisional licence should arrive within a week. This will take longer however if you make your application through the post. If you wish, you can track the process of your application online.
Once you receive your licence you can go ahead and start taking your driving lessons. You can read our informative article if you want to know how to choose a driving instructor.