Apply for your first provisional driving licence

You cannot currently apply for a new provisional licence because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can still apply if you’re classed as a critical worker - for example, a doctor, nurse or school teacher.

If you’re a critical worker and need a provisional licence urgently, contact DVLA to check if you’re eligible and how to apply.

If you’ve already applied for a new provisional licence, you do not need to contact DVLA. Your application may take longer than usual because of coronavirus.

This service is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

  1. Step 1 Check you're allowed to drive

    Most people can start learning to drive when they’re 17.

    1. Check what age you can drive
    2. Requirements for driving legally
    3. Driving eyesight rules
  2. Step 2 Get a provisional licence

  3. Step 3 Driving lessons and practice

  4. and Prepare for your theory test

  5. Step 4 Book and manage your theory test

  6. Step 5 Book and manage your driving test

  7. Step 6 When you pass

    You can start driving as soon as you pass your driving test.

    You must have an insurance policy that allows you to drive without supervision.

    1. Find out about Pass Plus training courses