Applying for Your UK Provisional Driving Licence

So you’re thinking about learning to drive? Well, before anything else, you must first apply for your UK provisional driving licence. You are entitled to apply any time from 3 months before your 17th birthday. All you need to do is fill out an application form and send it to the DVLA along with a valid form of I.D and a recent passport photo.

Valid forms of I.D

U.K passport- if you have a standard issue U.K passport you can post it directly to the DVLA along with your application form. I know people worry when it comes to posting such documents but they do not accept photocopies. How ever if you have a new digital passport, you will not need to post it to the DVLA. All you will need to do is fill in the application form and write your 9-digit passport number in the correct section.Birth certificate- your birth certificate can be used as a valid form of I.D as long as it is sent along with any of the following- national insurance card, college/university union card, P45, P60 or a recent payslip, photocopy of your benefits book.

Passport photo certification

To get your passport photo certified, all you will need to do is get the back of your photo signed, along with a written declaration that the photo is of a likeness to your current appearance, by a person who has known you for more than 2 years and is also a member of one of the following professions- teacher, doctor, librarian, MP, police officer.

As soon as you receive your UK provisional driving licence you are allowed to take driving lessons with a qualified instructor and you are also allowed to drive whilst under the supervision of a person who has held a full U.K driving licence for a minimum period of 5 years. Application forms for your UK provisional driving licence can be found online as well as in your local post office. Visit the link to apply for your UK Provisional Licence online.

UK Provisional Driving Licence Fee

There will be a small cost for your provisional licence when the time comes to applying. You can pay the cost of this fee either by check, card or cash. The fee for you licence is a total cost of £34 online or £43 by post.

Covid -19 update
Driving lessons will resume from 4th July for all pupil following the government guideline. The following Covid 19 measures are in place for the safety of the pupil and the driving instructors, these includes:
Driving instructors:
All instructors will declare whether they are Covid 19 symptoms free at the beginning of each lesson. We will ensure all instructors have face masks available during the day should they need to wear one. But it is up to the individual instructors and the pupil to decide what they would prefer during the lesson. Our instructors will be using the hand sanitiser every 20 mins during the lesson period. We will have the car windows half way down during lesson to keep it ventilated.

Covid 19 declaration for all pupil:
It is vital that you only book lessons if you are Covid 19 symptoms free. For more information on symptoms visit the NHS website for more details and guidance. Be aware we will ask you at the beginning of the lesson if you are symptom free. The driving instructor can refuse to give you a lesson if you are unwell and will be explained to you why on the day.

The driving school recommends face mask but it is not essential. Please bare in mind face mask do not protect you from Covid 19.
It is essential that all pupil sanitise or wash their hands before every lesson and after. Please avoid touching your face and eyes during the lesson period. During the lessons hand sanitiser will be available to use. Please ask the instructor when you would like to use it.
We advice all pupil to wear a suitable clothing which covers their arms and legs due to Covid 19.

Preparation of car:
We will do everything possible to keep the pupil and ourselves safe whilst on lesson. We will ensure the car surfaces are disinfected such as door handle, seat, seat belt, hand brake, gears, arm rest etc and any other surfaces. To confirm that is it safe for you next for your lesson. Your safety is our priority!
The used wipes, gloves or masks will be recycled after each lesson to avoid Covid 19 transmission.

Communication during lesson:
At the beginning of the lesson you will be greeted by the instructor outside the car. They’ll be at 2m distance and will explain to you what will happen during the lesson. Any queries you have please discuss with the instructor. Whilst in the car the driving instructor will avoid facing you due to Covid 19 but instead will look forward to communicate with you. If it becomes necessary to give you any detailed explanation during the lesson Instructor may ask you to step out of the car once parked at a safe place to explain the faults or to communicate something vital with you about your driving keeping the social distancing measure in place.

We thank all the pupil and the instructors for their support and understanding and we wish all the pupil and instructors best of luck with lessons.
For more information don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stay safe!

RSM Driving School