Things you need to know


  • You must hold a valid Provisional Licence, except for Motorway Driving, Advanced Driver Training and Refresher Lessons, which require a Full Licence.
  • You must be aged 17 years or over to learn to drive a car, (unless in receipt of a Full Disability Allowance when you can obtain a Provisional Licence at 16 years of age).
  • If you wish to practice your driving with a friend or relative, this accompanying driver must be over 21 years of age and have held a Full UK Driving Licence for 3 years which must still be valid.
  • All Learner Drivers must display "L” Plates in a conspicuous position on the front and rear of the car.
  • You must tell the DVLA if you suffer from; or have in the past, any condition that may affect your ability to drive, failure to do so is a criminal offence and could incur a fine.
  • You must show the examiner that in good daylight you can read a vehicle number plate from a distance of 20.5 Metres (67 Feet) or 20 Metres (66 Feet) for the new style number plates introduced in 2001. If you need glasses or contact lenses to read the number plate then you must wear them whenever you drive.
  • If you fail the eyesight test then you will have failed your driving test, and the test will not go any further.
  • You must have passed the theory test before you can book and take the practical test, but you can start your practical lessons before passing the theory test.