Information you need to know before you start driving

It is an offence to drive on UK roads without a provisional or full driving licence. You must obey certain rules, they are:
  • You must hold a current UK driving licence, (Photo card).
  • You must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old for disabilities).
  • Display an ‘L’ Plate on the front and rear of the vehicle.
  • You must have a qualified supervising driver who is at least aged 21, with at least 3 years experience, or more.
  • The car you drive, must be roadworthy, have a valid road fund licence, MOT (if more than three years old) and be insured for you to drive it.
  • If you are a foreign national that has come from outside the EC, you must apply for a UK provisional licence after 12 months from when you arrived in this country. Anyone that has come from within the EC, can apply for an exchange licence.
There are two of ways you can apply for your first licence; online, or, you can get a form D1 application form for a driving licence from a Post Office. In order to qualify for a Provisional Drivers Licence,  you must meet the following conditions:
  • you are a resident of Great Britain.
  • can meet the minimum age requirement (you can apply for your licence at the age of 16 years and 9 months)
  • can meet the minimum eyesight requirement. (you must be able to read a number plate from a minimum of 20 metres)
  • You must not have physical or mental illness that prevents you from driving (such as epilepsy)
  • are currently not prevented from driving for any reason
  • can pay £34.00 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.
  • you must provide a Passport style photograph of yourself.
  • you should provide your National Insurance number.