Learning to Drive… UK driving age limits & legalities

UK driving age limits & legalities
Provisional driving licence and age limitsCurrently in the UK the legal age a person can start learning to drive on the road, and sit the test, is 17. To be eligible to learn you must hold a valid provisional license. While you must wait until you’re seventeenth birthday before going on the road you can apply for a provisional license up to three months before. The license, however, does not become valid until you are 17.

Experience Driving suggests the easiest way to apply for your first provisional licence is to do it online through the DVLA website – click here. You can also apply for a provisional licence by obtaining a D1 form from the DVLA or a local participating Post Office. D1 form applications still require supporting identity documents but can be paid for over the counter at your Post Office.

In order to qualify for a UK provisional licence you must:

  • Be a resident of Great Britain
  • Meet the minimum age requirements
  • Meet the minimum eyesight standards
  • Not be prevented from driving for any reason (medical or legal)
  • Have a valid UK passport or other suitable official form of identity
  • Be able to provide a verifiable series of addresses for the last three years





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