Obtaining your provisional license

Before you start to drive on a public road or take your theory test, you will need a valid Provisional Driving Licence. You can obtain The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) application form (Form D1) from your local Post Office or also online. Click the button below to apply online.

Apply online for your provisional licence

You can apply for your licence up to 3 months before your 17th Birthday but it will not valid until you actually turn 17 so you will not be able to take lessons on a public road, or take your theory test until then.

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

  • Are a resident of Great Britain
  • Meet the minimum age requirement
  • Can meet the minimum eyesight requirement
  • Are currently not prevented from driving for any reason
  • Can pay 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

A photo is required for your licence and you can use your passport photo if you have one. If you don’t have a photo, or you want to use a different one, this will need to be sent to the DVLA separately.

Find out how much your license will cost