You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old.
You can start driving a car when you’re 17.
You can drive a car when you are 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Rules for learning to drive
You must have a provisional driving licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland when you’re learning to drive or ride.
When you have your provisional licence you can drive:
- on all roads except for motorways
- at any time, day and night
The car you learn in must display ‘L’ plates.
In England, Scotland and Wales the speed limits when driving with ‘L’ plates are the same as when you’ve passed your test.
In Northern Ireland the speed limit is 45 miles per hour when you’re learning to drive a car.
Step 1 Check you're allowed to drive
Step 2 Get a provisional licence
Step 3 Driving lessons and practice
and Prepare for your theory test
Step 4 Book and manage your theory test
Step 5 Book and manage your driving test
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.