You need to have a valid Provisional Driving Licence for Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Three months before your 17th birthday you can complete a D1 form to apply for your provisional licence from the Post Office and send it to the DVLA with your passport or birth certificate and a passport sized photo as identification.
Any vehicle you drive must be roadworthy with a current MOT, taxed and insured for you to drive.
You must be able to read an old style number plate from 20.5 metres away (about 5 car lengths). A new style number plate you must be able to read from 20 metres away.
If you require glasses or contact lenses to read the number plate you must wear them at all times when driving.
Once you receive your provisional licence through the post, you can book your first driving lesson for your birthday!
- Highway Code
- Driving The Essential Skills
- Traffic Signs
The theory test can be booked via the DVSA website and costs £23.00
- It is a touch screen computer based test consisting of the following two sections:
- Multiple Choice Theory Test - 57 minutes to complete 50 questions. You must answer 43 out of 50 correctly to pass this section.
- Hazard Perception Test (HPT)- 14 video clips of 15 hazards, one video clip has two hazards in it. Pass mark is 44 out of 75 in this section. You must pass both sections to pass your theory test.
- You must have passed your theory test before you can book your practical.
The practical test can be booked via the DVSA website. and will take approximately 40 minutes and the cost for a weekday test is £63.00 or £75.00 for a Saturday test.
Your instructor can be present on your test if you wish but cannot help you in any way during the test.
- Eyesight Test, which is reading a number plate, new style 20 metres away, old style 20.5 metres away.
- Vehicle Safety Check Questions - 1 x Show Me Question and 1 x Tell Me Question.
- It will include a 20 minute independent drive where you will be asked either to follow road signs or follow a route on a Sat Nav which the examiner will pre programme.
- One Manoeuvre - chosen by the examiner on the day from either: pull up on the right, parallel parking or bay parking.
- One pupil in three will be asked to perform an Emergency Stop.
To pass your practical test you cannot commit more than 15 traffic faults.
You must not commit any serious or dangerous traffic faults more commonly known as major faults.