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What you need before you can start driving

Before you can start to drive a car, you must apply for a provisional licence. You can apply for your provisional driving licence two months before your 17th birthday. You must not drive on the road until you have the licence in your possession, and you must wait until your 17th birthday. To make the application for your Provisional Driving Licence you must:

  • Be 16 years 10 months of age.
  • Have a valid UK Passport or a passport size photograph signed by an approved person and an acceptable form of identification.
  • Fill in a (D1) application form, available from the DVLA form ordering service or from your local Post Office.
  • Pay the fee of £50

Send your completed (D1) application form together with the fee, your passport photograph and identification to:

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1AD

Your licence will usually take up to 15 working days to arrive. Should it take much longer, you can contact the DVLA on 0870 240 0009. When you receive your licence, make sure all details are correct. Your provisional licence entitles you to drive a car, but you must have L plates displayed and the appropriate insurance cover. When driving the car you must be accompanied by a full UK licence holder who has held a full licence for 3 years, and is 21 years of age or more.

For more information, vist the DVLA website.

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