What Do You Need to Know About Applying for Your Provisional Driving License

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The provisional driving license is your first step towards becoming a fully qualified driver. Without it, you can’t even begin that journey. You can’t, legally, get behind the wheel of a car.  So, gaining that provisional is a big and important step, and here’s what you need to know about that process.

How to Apply for Your Provisional Driving License

Before you begin

Before you can apply for a UK provisional driving license, you have to meet a number of fixed criteria.

You must:

  • Be over 15 years and 9 months of age. Although you can’t use your license to drive a car until you are 17, unless you have a mobility allowance, you can start driving a moped or light quad bike at 16. You need a provisional license for both.
  • Be able to read a post-2001 number plate on a car from a distance of 20 metres.
  • Must not have a medical condition which inhibits your ability to drive. And if you do, you must notify the DVLA. In many cases, if your condition is correctly medically managed, you may still be able to drive. But you still need to inform the DVLA.
  • Be a UK resident. This doesn’t mean that you have to be a British citizen to apply for a UK provisional driving license. But you will need to prove that you will be living in the UK for at least 185 days. And in that case, you will also need to provide proof of your address[es] for the last 3 years.

The application process

Once you’ve covered all of the above points, applying for your provisional license is easy. Simply visit the government website and complete the application form. You can also find paper copies in most UK Post Offices.

Once you have submitted your application, you’ll receive conformation via either email or post. You will also receive a request to provide proof of your identity. You will need to send your original documents to the DVLA for verification.

What documentation do you need for your provisional driving licence application?

Most people will use their passport to verify their ID when applying for a driving licence. But there are a number of other options if you don’t have a passport or are likely to need it at any time in the next eight weeks.

These include:

  • A share code from ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ or ‘EU Exit: ID Document Check’ app.
  • UK birth, adoption, or naturalisation certificates – accompanied by:
    • Proof of your National Insurance card number
    • A photocopy of the front page of a benefits book or an original benefits claim letter
    • P45, P60 or pay slip
    • Your marriage or civil partnership certificate
    • Your divorce or end of civil partnership documents
    • A gender recognition certificate
    • A college or university union card, issued after June 2014

Pensioners may also use a recent bank or building society statement showing their pension payment and National Insurance number. Or a letter confirming their eligibility for the State Pension.

And that’s it. All you can do now is wait for that slip of green card to arrive before you can book your first driving lesson. So, get your application underway. Then get in touch with DGN to book your first driving lesson!

Find out more about driving lessons in the West Midlands with DGN Driving.




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