How to get your
by Jan Hunter ADI
Before you can have any
driving lessons, you must have applied for and received your
provisional driving licence. There are two ways you can apply
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
can meet the minimum
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
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
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
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!
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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