You can apply for a provisional licence online by visiting the Gov.UK website. Alternatively you can apply by completing the D1 application form which can be picked up at your local Post Office. If you are sending your application via the post, you will need to make sure you include original documentation that confirms your identity, a colour passport photograph, a fifty pound cheque or postal order and the completed application. The address is DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD.
The UK Driving licence
If your provisional driving licence application is accepted you will be sent a green photo card. This photo card is important and will be needed in the future, so keep it in a safe place. You will need to take photo card of your driving licence to your driving theory test and practical test. Once you have passed your practical driving test, your green photo card will be sent off and replaced with a pink full driving licence photo card.
Rules for provisional drivers
Provisional drivers must have someone supervising them whilst they are driving. The person must sit in the front passenger seat and be fit to drive the vehicle. This includes not using a mobile device even though they are sat in the passenger seat. They should be aged over twenty one and have held a full driving licence for at last three years. Learners must display an ‘L’ plate on the front and back of their vehicles and they are forbidden from driving on a motorway.
Before you can take your practical test you will need to pass the driving theory test. Some driving schools will require you to take the theory test before you start your driving licence lessons. Once you are ready to take your theory test you can apply online. You will need your provisional driving licence number, an email address to get your booking confirmation and your debit or credit card. It costs £23 to book a car theory test on the Gov.UK website.
The practical test
Once you have passed your theory test, and are ready to take the practical driving test, you can book it online. In order to do this you will need your provisional driving licence number and your debit or credit card. On the Gov.UK website it will cost you £62 to book a week day practical driving test and seventy five pounds to book a driving test at the weekend. Apply online here >>
Replacement driving licence
If your provisional or full driving licence is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed then you will need to apply for a new one. Stolen driving licences should always be reported to the police. In order to apply for a replacement driving licence you will need to be a resident of Great Britain and not be disqualified from driving for any reason. You will need a valid UK passport or other form of identity, your National Insurance number and the addresses you lived at in the last three years. It also helps if you know your driving licence number. It costs twenty pounds to replace your driving licence. Your lost driving license should be replaced as soon as possible.
Renew driving licence
Your photo card licence must be updated every ten years. The DVLA will send you a reminder before your current driving licence expires. Providing you have sent in a valid application and have not been disqualified from driving for any reason, you can continue to drive until you receive your new licence.
Driving licence categories
There are a number of different driving licence categories, so it is important to make sure that you only drive the vehicles that your licence permits you to. If you hold a full valid driving licence and want to be able to drive large vehicles, minibuses or buses then you will need to complete the DL1 application form and the medical report form DLM1. The medical report form should be completed by a doctor. Once you have received the provisional licence for the new category, you can take the test and upgrade your driving licence.
There are certain medical conditions that prevent individuals from being able to drive, for example Epilepsy. You must tell the DVLA about any health condition which may affect your ability to drive. It is important to tell the DVLA if you develop a ‘notifiable’ medical condition or disability or your condition or disability has got worse since you got your driving licence. If you do not inform the DVLA of your medical condition or disability you may be fined £1000 and could be prosecuted if you have an accident. Individuals that are told they are unfit to drive by their doctors must surrender their licences to the DVLA.
With the help of the internet, it is now easier than ever to apply for a UK driving licence. Providing that you can meet the requirements and supply the correct information, you will be in for a quick and easy application process.
Three main steps to get a full driving licence:
- GET PROVISIONAL LICENCE
- PASS THEORY TEST
- PASS PRACTICAL TEST