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.