Acquiring a provisional driving license is the first step in learning how to drive, having your own car and some freedom as well. Efforts do have to be made in order to attain one, and DVLA contact will be necessary. In order to legally operate a vehicle in the UK, you will need to pass the theory and driving tests, but the theory test will come first. Passing this means that you will be provided with a provisional driver’s licence and can legally operate a vehicle with a licensed driver in the vehicle with you.
When to Apply
In the United Kingdom, the legal age for driving is 17-years. You may be able to operate a motorbike at a younger age. Call the DVLA contact number and speak with an agent if you have any questions about the laws surrounding requirements for motorbike operators. As soon as you turn seventeen, you can arrange to take the theory test, and if you pass, will be provided with a provisional licence right away.
How to Apply
Applying for a provisional licence does require that you fill out some paperwork and provide some personal information about yourself. Visit the government (UK.gov) website to get started. The site offers many services, but you will need to select the first provisional driving license option. Once the proper selection is made, you will be directed to the licensing area and can submit the necessary information. Fill in all the data required and select where and when you would like to take the test.
You will need to make the payment (£43) and submit your application. An email is sent to you to confirm this on completion of application. It will take approximately one week to get your license. For those that lack access to the internet, applications by post are allowed for both residents and non-residents of United Kingdom. Visit the post office near you and request a D1 application form. Fill your personal information and any other required details. Attach original documents required to identify you and a colored passport photo.
To make the payment when applying by mail, there are various payment options to choose from such as cheque or postal orders. It isn’t advisable to send cash via post. Send all the documents, along with the postal order or cheque to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BU. There are additional mailing address for various other matters and circumstances. Ring the DVLA phone number to request additional contact information.
A provisional licence is one of a two-step process that is required in order to legally operate a vehicle. If you drive without a license, there’s a three point penalty on the license and a minimum fine of £1000. Avoid misleading websites that may offer drivers licenses, one should apply though DVLA. If you have any questions about laws, costs, or the processing of becoming a legal driver, contact DVLA.