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).
Learning to drive during COVID-19 (coronavirus)
You can take driving lessons anywhere in the UK.
In England and Scotland, you and your driving instructor must wear face coverings during driving lessons and practice sessions. Check the rules if you’re practising with family and friends.
If you do not wear a face covering, you must have a good reason, for example:
- you have a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability
- wearing it would cause you severe distress
Wearing glasses does not count as a good reason.
In Wales, you and any passengers should wear a face covering, unless you’re exempt.
Fines for not wearing a face covering
In England, you can be fined £200 if you do not wear a face covering during a driving lesson. This will be reduced to £100 if you pay within 14 days.
In Scotland, you can be fined £60 if you do not wear a face covering during a driving lesson. This will be reduced to £30 if you pay within 28 days.
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.
The car you learn in must display ‘L’ plates.
You can drive at any time, day and night.
You can only drive on motorways if all of the following apply:
- you’re driving in England, Scotland or Wales
- you’re with an approved driving instructor
- the car is fitted with dual controls
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.