Driving Licence

Your driving licence

Everyone who wants to learn to drive on public roads needs to have a suitable driving licence. For most people, this will be a GB provisional driving licence. You will need to be in possession of a valid signed driving licence before you drive.

Information About Driving Licences

Young drivers

You may apply for your provisional licence up to three months before your 17th birthday. Just follow the instructions below.

Disabled drivers

If you are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate, you are able to take driving lessons from the age of 16 and may apply for your licence up to three months before your 16th birthday.

Applying for a provisional driving licence

A provisional licence currently costs £43 if you apply by post or £34 if you apply online.

You can apply for your first provisional driving licence for a car, moped or motorcycle on the GOV.UK website

Alternatively, you can apply in person or by post. Simply complete the D1 application form that is available from the DVLA form ordering service or Post Office branches.

Foreign licence holders

If you already hold a driving licence issued in another country, there are some quite complex rules as to whether you are able to drive in the UK. For full details on these rules, please see the GOV.UK website - Driving in GB on a foreign licence.