APPLYING FOR YOUR LICENCE
Provisional driving licence
Applying for your provisional is your first step if you have not done so yet. You will need to complete the DVLA's D1 application form which is available online or at your local post office.
Or if you prefer to apply online, you can do so on the Direct Gov website. You can apply for you provisional licence up to 3 months before you 17th birthday although you cannot dive on the road until you have turned 17 and you have your provisional licence in your possession.
Before applying for a driving licence make sure you:
• are a resident of the UK
• can meet the minimum age requirement
• can meet the minimum eyesight requirement
• are currently not prevented from driving for any reason
• can pay £50 by Master Card, 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 for the past 3 years.
The DVLA will aim to send your driving licence within 10 working days of you submitting your application.
Full driving licence
Once you've passed your practical test your examiner will ask to take your provisional licence and have your full licence sent to you by post, this usually takes around 14 working days. Your examiner will issue you with a pass certificate, which means you can now drive straight away, but you must keep the certificate with you until your new full licence arrives.
If you have use of a vehicle remember you must inform your insurance company that you have passed, as this now will change your insurance policy.