Getting a provisional driving licence is the first step to get on the road (excluding motorways). A provisional licence is further needed before booking the theory test; multiple choice questions, hazard perception and even at the time of the practical driving test.
The driver needs to be aware of a few instructions before applying for a provisional licence from the DVLA, The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency:
When to Apply
The minimum age to apply is 15 years and 9 months.
‘L’ plates must be displayed at the back and front of the vehicle.
Provisional driving license requirements:
The candidate must be 17 years of age to drive by law but can apply for a provisional licence at the age of 15 years and 9 months.
The applicant must be able to read (with contact lenses or glasses if necessary) a standard license plate made after September 1st, 2001 from a distance of 20 meters.
The applicant must be a resident of The United Kingdom.
The applicant must inform the DVLA if there’s any medical condition that may affect driving.
How to Apply
There are two ways to apply for a provisional licence, the applicant either can apply on the DVLA website or apply through post by filling out the D1 form.
Apply for a provisional licence online:
The online application costs £34 and it takes up to one week to process. Additional requirements for applying online are:
- Address of where the applicant has lived for three years.
- National Insurance Number. It can be found on the national insurance card, pay slips or from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
- A £34 fee is payable either by Debit card, Credit card, MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta card.
- A proof of identification; a valid biometric passport or a birth certificate.
Apply for provisional licence via post:
The applicant needs to complete the D1 application form; it can either be taken from the DVLA form ordering service (website) or picked up by a selected post office.
The fee for postal application costs £43 and takes up to 3 weeks to process and deliver.
Required documents for the post application are:
- A form of identity or a valid UK biometric passport.
- A colored passport style
- A postal order or cheque of £43 application fee payable to DVLA. Note: Application fee must be paid via cheque or postal order only; cash payments will not be processed.
- Documents from the UK should be sent to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD.
Applying for a provisional licence with non – UK documents:
- In case of non – UK documents, the payment and documents should be sent to Swansea, SA99 1AF.
Provisional driving licence valid for how long
The provisional driving licence lasts for 10 years, however; the driver has 2 years from the date to pass the written theory test to take the practical driving test. If the date is missed the driver has to re take the theory test.