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
You don’t need to take a theory test to upgrade your licence.
You have to book a driving test by phone with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). You can’t book it online.
- a debit or credit card to pay for the cost of the test
- to choose which driving test centre you want to take the test at
DVSA driving test booking support
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
Find out about call charges
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.
Check you're allowed to drive
Most people can start learning to drive when they’re 17.
Get a provisional driving licence
Driving lessons and practice
You need a provisional driving licence to take lessons or practice.
Prepare for your theory test
Book and manage your theory test
You need a provisional driving licence to book your theory test.
Book and manage your driving test
You must pass your theory test before you can book your driving test.
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.