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Getting your provisional license

Your driving lessons cannot start until you have your provisional licence. The earliest date when this is valid is your 17th birthday, however, you can apply for it up to three months before the big day. 

You’ll still have to wait to turn 17 before you can do lessons or take your Theory Test, however, that doesn’t stop your prepping for the test by reading up on The Highway Code.

However, those receiving disability living allowance at the higher rate will have their provisional licenses come into effect when they are 16 years old. If this applies to you, you can apply for your license within three months of your 16th birthday. 

How to apply

To get your provisional licence, you can apply online as long as you meet the following:

  • 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 MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta 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

You can also apply for a provisional license via post, by filling out a ‘D1 application form’ available at Post Offices or the DVLA. 

If you choose this option, you’ll have to enclose original documentation confirming your identity, a passport-style colour photograph and the £34.00 fee.

Eastbourne driving lessons can help

Getting your provisional license is a major milestone in your journey towards passing your Theory and Practical Tests – and eventually becoming a qualified driver. To help you get there, contact our expert driving instructors to discuss our local Eastbourne driving lessons.

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