Theory & Practical Tests

Getting Started

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!


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Theory Test

The theory test can be booked via the DVSA website and costs £23.00


Practical Test

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.

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.