You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you're 15 years and 9 months old. You can start driving when you're: 17 if you want to drive a car.16 if you want to ride a moped or light quad bike. Pay £34 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card. Ignore the £50.00 quoted below
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To get your first provisional driving licence online you need to:
- be a resident of Great Britain
- meet the minimum age requirement
- meet the minimum eyesight requirement
- not be prevented from driving for any reason
- pay £50 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card
- have a valid UK passport or other form of identity
- have your National Insurance number if known
- provide addresses where you’ve lived for the last 3 years
You can apply up to 3 months before you can start driving. You can normally start driving on your 17th birthday if you want to drive a car and your 16th birthday if you want to drive a motorcycle or moped.
If you’re getting the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) you can drive at 16.
If you apply online you’ll be agreeing that DVLA can check your personal data, including your National Insurance number.
DVLA will confirm your details with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). If DVLA can’t fully verify your identity, you’ll be told what to do at the end of the application.
On 19 January 2013 the European Union Third Directive on driving licences comes into force. All new driving licences from this date will have to meet the terms of the Directive. The changes will mainly affect motorcyclists, lorry, bus and minibus drivers and those who tow trailers.
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Changes to the front of the licence
The following changes will apply to the front of new driving licences:
- all dates will be shown as DD.MM.YYYY
- categories shown will be separated by a slash
- the date in 4b will show the licence expiry date
Changes to the back of the licence
From the 15 October 2012 to 18 January 2013, you’ll be issued with either photocard licence example A or example B. From 19 January 2013 you’ll be issued a photocard licence showing example B only.
The expiry date of your licence will be shown on the front in section 4b and the expiry date of your entitlements will be shown on the back of your licence.
The new style licence will look different to the current licence. All vehicle categories will be listed on the back of your licence with dates against those you are entitled to drive or ride. You won’t be entitled to drive any category of vehicle that has lines instead of dates. However, if you have passed a test in a larger vehicle you may still be entitled to drive or ride smaller vehicles of that type which have lines shown instead of dates, eg holders of full category A would be entitled to ride a category A2 vehicle.