Before You Start
Before you can start learning to drive with ‘Chippy’ please make sure you have your Provisional Driving Licence, and that you meet the current eyesight requirements.
Provisional Driving Licence
You must hold a valid, Provisional Driving Licence and be at least 17 years of age to drive a car on the road. As an exception, if you are receiving Higher Rate Disability Living Allowance, you can apply when you are 16 years of age.
You can apply for your provisional licence up to three months before your 17th birthday however, you will still have to wait until your birthday before you can take your theory test.
Driving licences are issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
You can apply online at: Apply for your first provisional driving licence, or alternatively you can apply by post by completing a D1 application form from a Post Office.
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The current fee for a provisional driving licence is £34 when applying online, or £43 when applying by post. These fees are subject to change, so to confirm current price visit: Driving licence fees. You will also need to provide original documentation confirming your identity (e.g a current passport), and a passport style colour photograph. Further details of what identity documents you can use can be found online at: Identity Documents needed for a driving licence application.
Send your completed D1 application form and payment to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD. If you don’t want to send your Identity documents through the post, The Post Office offer a premium checking service for a small fee. The staff will check your application and Identity documents, forward the application form to the DVLA and return the identity documents to you.
Before you start to drive you need to make sure your eyesight meets certain requirements.
The regulations state that, to drive you must be able to read a number plate, in good daylight from 20.5 metres (67 feet) for old-style number plates or 20 metres (65 feet) for new-style number plates.
The easiest way to check this yourself is to try to read a number plate at the specified distance and if you can’t then you should visit an optician before you start to drive. If you need to wear glasses or corrective lenses to read the number plate that’s fine, however, you must wear them whenever you drive.
Further information is available online at: Driving eyesight rules