Frequently asked questions...

How old must I be to drive a car?  The minimum age to drive a car (Category B) is 17 years, or 16 years if you are currently getting Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate (mobility component).

How do I apply for a licence?  Apply for your provisional licence online or by completing form D1 which is available from some Post Office branches.

What is the cost of a provisional licence?  Currently the fee for a provisional licence is £34 online, £43 by post.

How can I book a Theory Test?  The fee for the Theory and Hazard Perception Test is currently £23. Book your test online

What is the cost of a Practical Test?  A Practical Test costs £62 at normal times and £75 for 'out-of-hours' times such as Saturdays. Saturday tests are not always available.

What is the eyesight requirement for driving?  You must be able to read an old style number plate at a distance of 20.5 metres or at 20 metres if the new style number plate is used. You must also have a visual acuity of at least 0.5 decimal. If you need glasses or corrective lenses for the eyesight test, then you must wear them whenever you are driving. Click here to see the full Eyesight Rules.

Examples of number plate types:

Old style: A123 ABC or ABC 123A  -  20.5 metres

New style: AB12 ABC  -  20 metres

What medical conditions do I need to declare to DVLA?  Some medical conditions need to be declared. You can see more information on driver licencing at the DirectGov website including medical rules and special needs.

I've lost my licence or it's been stolen

Change the address on my licence

Renew my photocard licence

I've heard the driving test has changed.  The new style driving test started on 4th December 2017. There are changes to manoeuvres, show and tell questions and the independent driving part of the test will be extended and may require you to follow directions by using a GPS device (SatNav). Full details, including a short video, can be found by clicking here.


Prices correct at time of writing

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