Get your provisional driving licence

Before you can start driving on the road you’ll need a provisional licence.

How to apply for your provisional licence

  • the quickest way to apply for your provisional licence is online at GOV.UK
  • you can also apply using a D1 form, which you can get from any post office.

How much does a provisional licence cost?

A provisional licence costs £34.

What you'll need to apply

  • a debit or credit card, proof of your identity (such as your passport) and your address details for the last three years
  • you'll also need a passport style photo
  • to be at least 15 years and 9 months old
  • to be able to read a number plate from at least 20 metres away
  • to have lived in the UK for at least 185 days in total in the past 12 months

When you can start driving

You can start driving a car when you’re 17.

You can drive a car when you are 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

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