Can I apply for a provisional driving licence?
You can apply for a provisional driving licence as long as you meet the following requirements:
- 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 £34.00 by Mastercard, Visa, Maestro, Electron, Delta or Solo 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
What does the UK Provisional Driving Licence allow me to do?
In respect to a UK Provisional Driving Licence for a car - once you have received your licence, you are allowed
to drive a car when supervised by a FULL licence holder.
The supervising licence holder MUST have 3 years of driving experience and be OVER 21 years of age.
The supervisor MUST have a licence that covers the same category of the vehicle being driven e.g. Category B - Car.
If a provisional licence holder is stopped by the Police and the supervisor doesn't meet the criteria listed
above, both driver AND supervisor will be prosecuted.
How long will it take to get my provisional licence?
If you apply for your provisional driving licence online the DVLA will aim to deliver it within 2 weeks. If you
apply by post, it will take up to 3 weeks.
If, for any reason, your personal details or health details need to be checked, it will take longer.
I've lost my provisional licence, do I need my driver number to get another one?
Providing that none of your details have changed, you will need to give your driver number OR full name,
date of birth and also confirm your UK address.
If your photocard and paper counterpart have been lost or stolen, you can apply for a duplicate provisional licence
by telephone using a credit or debit card. The fee for a duplicate licence is £20.00. The DVLA accepts Visa, Eurocard, Mastercard and
Maestro. To use this service ring 0870 240 0009, Monday to Friday 8.00 am - 8.30 pm or Saturday 8.00 am - 5.30 pm.
I've lost the provisional licence counterpart, what should I do?
Note: From June 8th 2015, the paper counterpart will no longer be issued, therefore it won't be required for the test.
Up until that date you MUST have both parts of your provisional licence to take the test.
The provisional driving licence is the most important thing you need to take to your
driving test - without it, you won't be allowed to take a driving test. If you have lost it, you will need to apply
for a duplicate through the DVLA as soon as possible (a duplicate will cost £20).
The quickest way to apply for a duplicate provisional driving licence is to ring the DVLA duplicate service on 0300 790 6801
(they will accept card payment (Visa, Eurocard, Mastercard, Solo, Electron and Maestro).
You could also apply for a duplicate online or by completing and sending the Form D1 (available at the Post Office) to the DVLA.