Upgrade an automatic car driving licence to a manual one

If your licence is only for automatic cars, you can upgrade it by passing a driving test in a manual car.

Learning to drive a manual car

You can start learning to drive a manual car at any time. You don’t need to apply for another provisional licence.

You must follow all the usual rules when you’re learning to drive in a manual car. This includes displaying L plates.

Book a driving test

Driving tests have currently been suspended because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can only book a test if you’re a critical worker.

Taking the driving test

The driving test works in the same way for a manual car as it does an automatic.

You can continue driving an automatic car if you fail your driving test in a manual car.

  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