Advice for New Drivers

Before you can start learning to drive, you’ll need to apply for a provisional licence from the DVLA.

You can apply for a provisional licence at 15 years and 9 months old. You can start to learn to drive a car at 17. Other vehicles might have different rules, so it’s worth checking with the DVLA.

Car

You must be 17 years old drive a car and take your driving test.

If you’re getting Personal Independence Payment (PIP) you can learn to drive a car and take your test when you’re 16.

Motorbike

You must be 17 years old before you can ride a motorbike. At this age, you’re permitted to ride a motorbike of up to 125cc and not exceeding 14.6bhp.

There are courses called ‘Direct Access’ courses but they’re for riders who are at least 21 years old. You can’t ride on your own until you have passed your test.

Before you apply

It costs £34 to apply for your provisional Licence online (and £43 if you want to apply by post via a post office).

Along with the payment, you’ll also need to provide an identity document (e.g. passport), the addresses where you’ve lived for the last 3 years, and your National Insurance number.