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Driving Licence

You cannot drive on public roads until you have a Provisional Driving Licence.

You can apply for a Provisional Driving Licence up to 3 months before your 17th Birthday, but it does not become valid until your 17th. Birthday and it is illegal to drive on public roads until then. So, the minimum age you can start to drive is 17.

However, if aged 16 you may be issued with a Provisional Licence if you are in receipt of the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance. But, if the Higher rate is withdrawn the normal minimum age for driving a car which is 17 years old will apply.

If you do not have a Provisional Licence you can obtain a Form D1 from any Post Office or use the link below.

You can find out more information about Driving Licences and Fees here.

We highly recommend that you take time to look at the Gov.uk website with regard to road safety and the legal aspects of driving.

Test fees (payable to the DVSA):

Theory Test £25
Practical Test (Weekdays) £62
Practical Test (Evenings & Weekends) £75

Click here to book your Theory Test or here to book a Practical Driving Test online.

Theory Test

You can start to learn to drive while studying for your Theory Test but you must pass this before you can apply for your Practical Driving Test. The Theory Test is made up of two parts, multiple choice questions and hazard perception. You will need to pass both parts of the test, at the same time. Once you have passed your Theory Test you can apply to take your Practical Driving Test.

Part 1 — Multiple Choice is delivered using a ‘touch screen’ computer. Before the test starts you will be given instructions on how the test works. You can also choose to go through a ‘practise’ session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test.

A question and several answer options will appear on screen and you have to select the correct answer by touching the screen, some questions will have more than one answer.

For cars and motorcycle tests you will be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and must answer 43 questions correctly to pass.

Part 2 — Hazard Perception after a short break you will be shown a short tutorial video clip on how to complete this part of the test.

There are 14 video clips of about 1 minute each, but there are 15 hazards’, that means that one of the clips will contain 2 hazards, these clips do not have any sound (only your heart thumping!!!).

This part of the test is again taken using a computer and you respond by clicking on the Mouse when you see a ‘developing hazard’.

The maximum score for each developing ‘hazard’ is 5 points. The speed at which you respond to each ‘hazard’ will determine your score.

To receive a high score you need to respond to the ‘ hazard’ during the early part of its’ development. You can score between 0 and 5 for each clip.

For cars and motorcycle tests you must score 44 out of a possible 75 to pass.

Automatic or Manual?

Manual Transmission

When driving a manual car changing gear requires the driver to co-ordinate the operation of the clutch pedal with the gear lever and accelerator. For some people this co-ordination and clutch control can prove to be stressful in the early stages of driving although most people can overcome this with practise.

When you pass your Driving Test in a car with a manual gearbox you will be issued with a full Driving Licence which entitles you to drive either a manual or an automatic vehicle.

Automatic Transmission

With automatic cars there is no clutch pedal, just an accelerator and brake.

When you pass your Driving Test in a car with automatic transmission you will be issued with a full Driving Licence entitling you to drive automatic vehicles only. However, if you want to drive a vehicle with a manual gearbox you will have to take another Driving Test for that category.

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