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How to get your Provisional Licence
by Jan Hunter ADI

Driving licenceBefore you can have any driving lessons, you must have applied for and received your provisional driving licence. There are two ways you can apply for it.

Apply online.

You can apply for your provisional licence using the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's (DVLA) online service. You can apply for it online if you:

  • are a resident of Great Britain.

  • can meet the minimum eyesight requirement.

  • are currently not prevented from driving for any reason.

  • can pay the current fee by Mastercard, Visa, Maestro, Electron, Delta or Solo debit or credit card.

  • have a valid UK passport or another form of identity.

  • can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years can meet the minimum age requirement.


During your online application, the DVLA will carry out some identity checks. If they canít fully verify and authenticate your identity you will need to print, fill in and send an application form, which is available at the end of the online application.

The DVLA will need a photo and signature for your licence. If you have a UK digital passport the DVLA will try to electronically capture these from the Identity and Passport Service.

If this isnít possible or you donít want them to use the photo on your digital passport you will need to send them a photo by post. A completion form will be available at the end of the online application.

Apply for your licence online here

Apply by post.

You can apply for your provisional driving licence by completing the D1 application form, which is available from the DVLA form ordering service or from Post Office branches. You will need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity, a passport style colour photograph and the current fee. Send your completed application and payment to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD.

When to expect your licence.

The DVLA says it will aim to deliver your driving licence to you within three weeks of receiving your application, but it may take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked. Once again, you will need to wait for your new licence to arrive before driving. So the sooner you apply, the sooner you'll be out on the open road!

Good luck with your lessons!

Best Regards

Jan Hunter

Jan Hunter is a co-founder of Pelican School of Motoring, an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor), and has helped teach over 800 people to drive since 1992.

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