Start learning to drive

To learn to drive in the United Kingdom you need to be 17 and have a Provisional Driving Licence for the vehicle you are going to learn to drive.

If you’re disabled and receive mobility allowance, the minimum age to learn to drive is 16.

Before you can learn to drive though, you’ll need to apply and receive a Provisional Driving Licence. In many european countries the minimum driving age is 18 however, there are no definite plans to bring the UK in to line.

Before you start you will need to apply and receive a provisional licence. To get this you need to complete a D1 – the Driving Licence application form.

The Driving Licence application form is available from most post offices. The earliest possible date your Provisional Licence can be valid from is your 17th birthday. There is, hover no need to wait until you are 17as you can apply for the licence up to three months before

If you receive your Provisional Licence before your 17th birthday you’ll still have to wait until you are 17 before you can take your theory test.

All learner drivers are required to display 'L' plates ('L' or 'D' plates in Wales) in a conspicuous position on the front and rear of the vehicle they are driving. And until the day you pass the practical part of the Driving Test it is ILLEGAL to drive on your own.