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1 September, 2011

10 Steps to Pass YOUR Test – Step 1: Applying for your Provisional Licence

DVLA Application form

It all starts here

Gaining your driving licence is tougher than it has ever been. It is not just a case of passing a short practical test. There are theory exams, hazard perception tests, mechanical demonstrations, manoeuvres, independent driving and that does not include the paperwork and revision that you will need to do.

So to help all new pupils we are going to take a step by step route through applying learning and passing your driving tests.

Today we begin our 1o step series with Applying For Your Provisional Licence.

You can apply for your first British provisional driving licence if you:

  • are a resident of Great Britain
  • can meet the minimum age requirement
  • can meet the minimum eyesight requirement
  • are currently not prevented from driving for any reason
  • can pay £50.00 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card
  • have a valid UK passport or another form of identity
  • can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years

You can obtain a Provisional Licence application, called a D1 from your local main Post Office. Once its sent off it’ll take about 2-3 weeks for you to receive it. You will need a passport photo, proof of identity i.e. a utility bill and there is a £50 fee.

Alternatively you can apply on Be aware that  you will need a valid UK passport, details of previous addresses up to 3 years and credit/debit card for £50 fee. Once you have completed the application they will endeavour to send it back within 10 days.

You will need to present both the card and paper parts of you licence on your first lesson. If you have lost all or part of your licence prior to your first lesson you will need to replace this; you can do this online, by telephone or by post.

Next Step  – Choosing the right Driving Instructor.