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Provisional Licence

The earliest date that you can apply for a Provisional Driving Licence is 3 months before your 17th birthday, although the licence itself will not be valid until you turn 17.

Before you learn to drive you must:

Hold a valid, provisional driving licence for Great Britain or Nothern Ireland

Make sure that any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insured.

It is important to learn safe driving practice from the beginning of your driving career because bad habits are hard to break.

It is unlikely that anyone except an approved driving instructor (ADI) has the experience, knowledge and training to teach you properly. Learning safe driving habits from the start will improve the safety of yourself and other road users.

How Much Does It Cost?

The Current fee for a Provisional Driving Licence is £50

Applying For Your Provisional Licence

You can apply for your licence online, by post or in person.


You can apply for your first provisional driving licence for a car using the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) secure and easy to use online service by clicking Here

By Post/In Person

You can apply for your provisional driving licence by completing the D1 application form that is available from the DVLA form ordering service or Post Office branches. You will also need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity, a passport style colour photograph and the fee of £50.00. Send your completed application and payment to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD or you may be able to use the premium checking service.

When Can I Expect My Licence?

The DVLA aims to deliver your driving licence to you within three weeks of receiving your application. It will take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked. You will need to wait for your new licence to arrive before driving.