Make a start today towards safe driving for life.
Before you start to drive you need to make sure your eyesight meets certain requirements.
The regulations state that, to drive you must be able to read a number plate, in good daylight from 20.5 metres (67 feet) for old-style number plates or 20 metres (65 feet) for new-style number plates.
The easiest way to check this yourself is to try to read a number plate at the specified distance and if you can’t then you should visit an optician before you start to drive. If you need to wear glasses or corrective lenses to read the number plate that’s fine, however, you must wear them whenever you drive.
Further information is available online at GOV.UK - Driving eyesight rules.
Provisional Driving Licence
You must hold a valid, Provisional Driving Licence and be at least 17 years of age to drive a car on the road. As an exception, if you are receiving Higher Rate Disability Living Allowance, you can apply when you are 16 years of age.
You can apply for the licence up to three months before your 17th birthday however, you will still have to wait until your birthday before you can take your theory test.
Driving licences are issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
You can apply online or by post at GOV.UK - Apply for your first provisional driving licence or alternatively you can apply by post by completing a D1 application form from a Post Office.
The current fee for a provisional driving licence is £50 (Fee subject to change, to confirm current price visit GOV.UK - Driving licence fees. You will also need to provide original documentation confirming your identity, and a passport style colour photograph. Further details of Identity documents required can be found online at GOV.UK - Identity Documents needed for a driving licence application.
Send your completed D1 application form and payment to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD. If you don’t want to send your Identity documents through the post, The Post Office offer a premium checking service for a small fee. The staff will check your application and Identity documents, forward the application form to the DVLA and return the identity documents to you.
If you would like help or advice on applying for you Provisional licence then please feel free to contact me:
Telephone: 0800 1 777 149
Whether you’ve never driven before, a learner with some driving experience or have passed your test and are looking to gain more experience, my aim is to provide relaxed and enjoyable lessons that are tailored to meet your individual requirements.
Lessons are flexible, so you can choose the duration and where you would like to be picked up or dropped off. I can accommodate most requests provided that prior arrangements have been made.
Tuition is provided for:
Learners with some experience
Refresher lessons for qualified drivers
Pass Plus scheme
More details about Lessons can be found in the Lessons section.
Driving Theory Test
You can take your Driving Theory Test once your provisional licence becomes valid.
The Driving Theory Test is made up of a multiple choice part and a hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. Once you’ve passed it you can apply to take your practical driving test.
For more information and advice on how to study for your Driving Theory Test have a look Theory Test section.
Practical Driving Test
The Practical Driving Test for a car is designed for you to show you understand and can demonstrate your knowledge of the Highway Code and the theory of driving safely. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises.
For more information on how to prepare and book your practical driving test, have a look at the Practial Test section.