Licence requirements for learner drivers minimum ages and rules

Before you learn to drive or ride a new vehicle make sure you know about the rules regarding driving licence requirements and restrictions that apply to you

Different vehicles have different minimum ages and restrictions

                   Before you learn to drive, you must:


Hold a valid, provisional driving licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland


For more information and details for applying for a driving licence Click here


Make sure that any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insure


                    End of driving licence counterpart:


From 8th June 2015, the driving licence counterpart will no longer have any legal status.


                  When presenting for driving lessons:


The photo card licence will be used for ID purposes, however if further entitlement checks are needed you can do so by using either of the following

•'Share Driving Licence'.  Click here DVLA's new online enquiry service

•DVLA's existing telephone, post and intermediary enquiry services


This user guide gives further information about how you can

carry out further entitlement checks.

The user guide tells you how you can share your driving licence with your instructor Click here


                            When presenting for test

•You will need to show the examiner only your photo card licence

•there won't be an entitlement check - this will have been carried out at the time of booking the test.


                        Change of address on licence

•driving examiners won't be able to offer the ADLI route if you have a change of address

•the examiner would mark the' licence not received box'

•the examiner will tell you to apply for your full licence using form 'D1' Application for a driving licence ( available from the DVLA form ordering service and some Post Offices)


                      If you are an E/EEA licence holder

•you will need to apply to DVLA for a D9 form to be able to book your test - this will act as a counterpart.

•you won't need to bring this along to your test because the entitlement check will have already been carried out at the time of booking your test.

                           Further information

                   To find out more, Click here


       Learn to Drive with Bob Ramsell Driving School:

It is important to learn safe driving practice from the beginning of your driving career because bad habits are hard to break. It is unlikely that anyone except an approved driving instructor (ADI) would have the experience, knowledge and training to teach you properly.


Learning safe driving habits from the start will improve the safety of yourself and other road users. If you want to practise your driving with an accompanying driver, the accompanying driver must be over the age of 21 and must have held (and still hold) a full licence for three years.

As a learner driver you must display 'L' plates ('L' or 'D' plates in Wales) in a conspicuous position on the front and rear of the vehicle you are driving.


You are required by law to advise the DVLA of any medical condition which may affect your ability to drive a vehicle. You will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire as part of your application fo a provisional licence. For further information on medical rules and requirements click here.


                     Minimum age you can take a test


You can take your theory test once your provisional licence becomes valid. Normally, for car drivers, the earliest date your provisional licence can become valid is your 17th birthday, however you can apply for the licence up to three months before your 17th birthday.

So, if you apply for your provisional licence before you are 17 you will still have to wait until your birthday before you can take your theory test.


                           Disability living allowance


If you are receiving disability living allowance at the higher rate your provisional licence will come into effect when you are 16, but you can apply for it within three months of your 16th birthday


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