Apply for your full driving licence

You can apply for your full driving licence as soon as you’ve passed your practical driving test.

If you have a photocard provisional driving licence, and you haven’t changed your name, your examiner will send your driving test pass certificate to the DVLA.

You’ll receive your full driving licence within 3 weeks.

Apply by post

If you’ve changed your name or you have a paper provisional driving licence, you must:

  • fill in the declaration on your driving test pass certificate
  • fill in a D1 ‘application for a driving licence’, available from the DVLA form ordering service or selected Post Offices
  • provide original documents confirming your identity
  • provide a passport photograph (only if you have a paper provisional licence)

Send your provisional licence and documents to the DVLA.

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1BN

You must send your driving test pass certificate and documents to the DVLA within 2 years of passing your driving test or you’ll have to take it again.

  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