FAQ: How can I apply for my first provisional driving licence ??
To apply for your first provisional licence, you need to be a resident of Great Britain and not be prevented from driving for any reason. Your eyesight needs to be good enough to satisfy the minimum requirements of being able to read a new style number plate from 20 metres. Licences can be applied for up to three months before your seventeenth birthday, but you may already have a licence at sixteen years old, if that licence is to ride a moped. You need to have a UK passport or some other acceptable form of ID, and be able to provide your addresses for the last three years.The current fee for your the first provisional licence is £50.
Applying for your licence by post:
The D1 application form needs to be completed, which you can get from most Post Offices, or by requesting to be sent to you from the DVLA ordering services. When completed send the application form to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD. Remember to enclose original documentation that confirms your identity, a passport style colour photograph, and of course the current fee. There is a ‘Premium Checking Service’ available at Post Offices, where (for a small fee!) where they check your application, verify your identity and send to the DVLA, so you don’t have to send your original documents through the post. Applying by post can take up to three weeks, and you can’t drive till the licence is received.
Applying for your licence online:
Visit gov.uk and set up a Government Gateway user ID (if you do not already have one), and follow the online instructions and pay the current fee by credit/debit card. Applying online can take up to two weeks, and you can’t drive till the licence is received.