Before you can begin to learn to drive, you need to have received your provisional driving licence from the DVLA. You cannot drive a car, even with your parents, without one. You can't even book your theory test without a provisional licence!
However, applying for a provisional driving licence is easy.
When to apply for your Provisional Driving Licence
You are able apply for your provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th birthday if you intend to drive a car, or 3 months before your 16th birthday if you intend to ride a moped. You can also apply shortly before your 16th birthday if you're receiving the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance, which allows you to drive at 16.
The quickest way to apply for your provisional is to visit gov.uk.
If you'd prefer, you can request a D1 application form from the DVLA, or you can visit your local Post Office and get one from there .
If you do decide to use a paper form, you should send it to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD.
Once your provisional arrives, you're free to practise driving with an approved driving instructor or an experienced accompanying driver who is over 21 years of age and who holds a full driving licence which they must have held for at least 3 years.
You must also display L-plates prominently on your vehicle.
You cannot drive on motorways with a provisional licence, but you're free to drive in any weather and at any time, as long as you have a driving instructor or appropriate accompanying driver.
Applying For Your Provisional Licence
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