Applying For Your Provisional Driving Licence

You can apply for your provisional driving licence through the DVLA The easiest and quickest way to do this is online.

To apply for your provisional licence, you must:

  • Be at least 15 years and 9 months old.
  • Be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away (if you need glasses or contact lenses to do this, that’s fine, but you must then wear them to drive).
  • Have been given permission to live in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) for at least 185 days.

Please check gov.uk’s website for current prices. At time of writing (July 2023) the cost is £34 when applying online.

When applying online, you’ll need to prove your identity using one of the following:

  • valid UK passport or one that has expired within the past 12 months
  • non UK passport
  • biometric residence permit
  • biometric residence card
  • National identity card

You’ll also need your National Insurance number if you know it and you may need to provide the address/es you’ve lived at for the past 3 years. A valid photo and signature may be required, although they may be able to use your passport photo and signature.

If you can’t apply online, you can apply by post by completing form D1, available online or from most Post Offices. At time of writing (July 2023) the cost for postal applications is £43.

Provisional licences usually apply pretty quickly, within around 1 week of online application, but may take longer if additional checks are needed.