The DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) is the Government Department responsible for all types of motoring related licences. Before you can start driving you must apply for a provisional UK driving licence. This consists of a photo card showing details of your name, address, driver number and the types of vehicle you are eligible to drive.
You can apply for your first British provisional driving licence online if you:
Are a resident of Great Britain
Can meet the minimum age requirement
Can meet the minimum eyesight requirement
Are currently not prevented from driving for any reason
Can pay £34.00 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
You will need:
A valid debit or credit card
Your UK passport if you have one
Details of previous addresses
Apply for your Provisional Licence on line.
DVLA will aim to send your driving licence within two weeks of you submitting your application.
If you’re unable to apply on line you’ll need to apply by post. This will cost £43 and take longer for your licence to arrive.
Check your licence
Before your first lesson your instructor will need to check your licence to ensure you are legally entitled to drive.
You can either create the code as described below, or give your instructor your driving licence number and National Insurance number.
Click to create a code for your instructor to check your licence. You will need:
Your Driving Licence Number
Your National Insurance Number
The Post Code on your Driving Licence
Follow the details to share your licence information and create a code.
Send the code to your instructor BEFORE your first lesson. (Be aware the code is case sensitive)