You must have a provisional driving licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland when you’re learning to drive or ride.

Accompanying drivers

You can practise your driving with an accompanying driver if they:

  • are over 21
  • have had (and still have) a full licence in the same category as the vehicle you’re driving, for 3 years

L and D plates

You must put ‘L’ plates on prominent places on the front and back of your vehicle if you’re a learner driver. These can be ‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales.


You can’t drive on the motorway with a provisional licence.

Minimum driving hours

You can take your test as soon as you think you’re ready. There’s no minimum number of lessons you must have or hours you must practice driving.

Waiting for your full licence

Once you’ve passed your driving test these rules no longer apply, even if you’re still waiting to get your full licence.

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