Passing your driving test is a huge milestone in anyone’s life, whether your 17 or 70, the first time you drive a car after passing your test is a momentous occasion.
How do I apply for a provisional driving license?
You can apply for your provisional license either online or via the Post Office. If you apply online you’ll need a valid UK passport no more than five years old and there’s no need to provide a photo.
The Post Office is a slightly longer process, you’ll need to complete a D1 Application for a provisional license. You can pick these up from the post office or download them. You’ll need to include a photo, complete the application and return to the DVLA. Your license will arrive within two weeks.
How much does this cost?
When you pass your driving test your provisional license will be transferred to a full license free of charge, and will only have to be renewed every 10 years.
One of the most important factors in choosing an instructor is to make sure they’re approved by the DVSA (driver and Vehicle Standards Agency), otherwise they’re not a real driving instructor – they’re just someone who owns a car.
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Different Instructors for Different Courses
There are a couple of different ways you can choose to learn depending on how quickly you would like to learn. A standard student will take on average 14 months, whereas you can bypass this by choosing an instructor who can provide intensive lessons which can be completed in one week.
Although this can seem daunting to some, all you need to do is practice. Once you feel confident its time to book your test.
How do I book a Theory Test?
The easiest way to book is online you’ll need your provisional driving license number, your email address and a debit or credit card.
How much is a Theory Test?
The current fee is £23 for either a car test or motorcycle.
What is a Theory Test like?
Your theory test is made up of two parts:
Booking your Practical Driving Test
To book practical test you will need:
What to expect on the day
Your practical test ensures you can drive confidently and safely in a number of different road and traffic conditions. Only lasting 40 minutes, this incorporates general driving alongside a couple of manoeuvres and emergency stop.
To pass you need to avoid any major faults and only have 0-15 minor faults.
A major fault is considered to be something that puts yourself, the examiner, another person or property into a dangerous position. If you have even one of these, you won’t pass your test.
A minor could be something as little as not checking your mirrors when entering a new road, or it could be nudging the kurb with your wheel while reversing around a corner.
It’s very rare to come out of your test squeaky clean, so if you’re aware you’ve made a few minor hic-cups try not to worry about these and carry on. Worrying can make the situation worse, it’s normal to rack up a couple of minors on your test.
Step 5: Celebrate!
Enjoy your freedom, and stay safe!