To get a British Driving Licence you must first apply for a provisional licence. Once you have this, you can start to prepare for your driving test. This will include a theoretical and a practical exam. When you successfully complete both exams, you will receive your British Driving Licence.

How to get a Provisional Driving Licence


---- Advertisement. ----
Compare Car, van, motor insurance prices on Confused.com

Click here for a quote



To get a Provisional Licence for a Car, Motorbike or Moped, you must be at least 15 years 9 months old and be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away.

You can apply online here Provisional driving licence. After applying online, you should receive your licence within one week.

You will need:

  • Original Identification Document e.g.: Passport or BRP (Biometric Resident Permit)
  • Proof of your current visa or settled or pre-settled status via Share Code if you are not British.
  • Your National Insurance number
  • Your current and previous address over the last 3 years
  • The fee is £34 – £43. This can be paid by card.

After receiving your Provisional Licence, you can start driving a car provided that you are (all must match)


---- Advertisement. ----
Body repair, breaks, tyre, MOT and other services nationwide. Affordable prices. Book online at Kwik Fit.

Click here for more info



  • Insured
  • Supervised by someone who is also insured and has had their licence for at least 3 years.
  • You must also display a Learner (L) plate on the front and back of the car. Order your L plate online from Amazon or buy it from Tesco, Asda, Argos, Halfords, etc., shops.

If you are driving someone else’s car, the owner can add you to his/her insurance policy as a secondary driver.

You can also get a quote from different Insurance companies such as Insure learner driver, Confused.com or AXA Car Insurance.

Preparing for the Theory Test

Before taking your practical driving test, you must complete your theory test first. The test costs £23, book online here Theory Test. 

It is not compulsory to attend a learning course, you can home study by yourself. Study materials are available in book stores such as WHSmith or order online: DVSA booksHighway Code.

The test consists of two parts:

  • Multiple Choice – 50 questions. Free practice materials are available online e.g.: Mock Test1Mock Test2
  • Hazard Perception test. This is a video-based test where you need to react by clicking the mouse, when you see a possible hazard situation. Free example test.
    Watch the official introduction video DVSA hazard reception.

Watch this video about the DVSA full theory test.

Preparing for Practical Test

After successfully passing your theory test, you will take a Practical Test. The test costs £62 – £75, and it takes 40 minutes. You can book your driving test online. There are no compulsory number of lessons beforehand, you book a test whenever you are ready. See how it is done in the official introduction video – DVSA driving test.

It is not mandatory to learn from a professional driving instructor, but recommended. Find an approved driving instructor here. Fees are from £20/hour.
Well known companies include www.bsm.co.uk www.red.co.uk www.aa.co.uk.

You can also practice by yourself using your own car or someone else’s car provided (all must match)

  • you have a car insurance
  • you are supervised by someone who is also insured and has had a driving licence for more than 3 years.
  • L plates must be displayed on the front and back of your car.

If you are driving someone else’s car, the owner can add you to his/her insurance policy as a secondary driver.

You can also get a quote from different Insurance companies such as Insure learner driver, Confused.com or AXA Car Insurance.

The Practical exam consists of 5 parts and lasts for around 40 minutes.

  1. Eyesight test– You’ll be asked to read a licence plate from 20 metres away if it’s a new number plate or 20.5 metres away if it’s an old number plate.
  2. Car Safety Check Issues – You’ll be asked two ‘Show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions. Watch an example DVSA video.
  3. General Driving Ability – Driving various routes in different traffic conditions.
  4. Reversing the Vehicle – You’ll either have to reverse around a corner, turn into a road or reverse into a parking space.
  5. Independent Driving – For about 10 minutes you’ll drive by following traffic signs, verbal directions or a combination of both.

Applying for a full driving licence

After successfully passing the practical test, your examiner will do the driving licence application for you. Otherwise you can apply by post. Complete a D1 application form. Get it from any Post Office or from the DVLA Forms ordering service.

For the first couple of month you can display a green “P”  Plate (P=Probationary) on your car, this would indicate that you are a new driver. Order your P plate online from Amazon or buy it from Tesco, Asda, Argos, Halfords, etc., shops.