Before you can start driving on the road you’ll need a provisional licence, which currently costs £34 (if you pay online) or £43 (if you pay by post).
The quickest way to apply for your provisional licence is online at GOV.UK. You’ll need a debit or credit card, proof of your identity (such as your passport) and your address details for the last three years.
You can also apply using a D1 form, which you can get from any post office. Find out more about applying by post at GOV.UK.
You can apply up to three months before your 17th birthday (or when you’re 16 if you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance).
A provisional driving licence has some limitations and restrictions you need to be aware of. Check GOV.UK to see what these are.