Who Can Learn to Drive a Car?

Here are the rules on how to legally drive a car:

  • You must have the correct driving licence. If you’re learning to drive a car, you must have a provisional driving licence.
  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • You must meet the minimum eyesight rules. You must be able to read a car number plate from 20 metres. If you need glasses or contact lenses to do this, you must then always where them when driving. There are further eyesight rules which you can learn about here.
  • You must wear Learner plates (L plates) on the front and back of the car, where they are easily visible to other drivers. This must be of the correct type and colour. You can read more about L plates here.
  • You must be insured to a minimum of third party insurance on the vehicle that you are driving.
  • The vehicle you are driving must be registered with the DVLA, have up-to-date vehicle tax, have a valid MOT certificate and be roadworthy. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the car is legal for them to drive.
  • You must be supervised by a qualified driver. The supervisor may be a qualified, approved driving instructors (ADI), or you can also be supervised by family or friends. They must be over 21 years of age, qualified to drive the type of vehicle you’re learning in and have had their full driving licence for 3 years (from one of the countries listed on the gov.uk website).