Apply for your provisional licence

Apply for your first provisional driving licence for a moped, motorbike and car from DVLA online.

To apply you must

  • be at least 15 years and 9 months old for a motorcycle and have some special educational needs entitlements
  • be at least 16 years and 9 months old for cars
  • be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away, with or without corrective vision.

It costs £34 to apply online. You can pay by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card.

You will need to provide

  • an identity document, unless you have a valid UK biometric passport
  • details of the addresses where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
  • your National Insurance number if you know it.

You’ll get a confirmation email from DVLA after you’ve applied.

You might be asked to take part in research by email, but you can opt out if you wish.

Your provisional licence should arrive within a few weeks if you apply online. It may take longer if DVLA need to make additional checks.

The quickest way to apply for your provisional licence is online at GOV.UK.

You can still apply using a D1 form, which you can get from any post office or download from DVLA. Find out more about applying by post at GOV.UK.

You can apply up to 2 months before your 17th birthday (or when you’re 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)), however, you’re not permitted to drive until you’ve reached the required birthday.

A provisional driving licence has some limitations and restrictions you need to be aware of.

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