You must do several things before you drive a car or ride a bike. These include getting a driving licence, registering your vehicle and making sure it’s insured, paying vehicle tax and getting an MOT.

Before you drive or ride

To drive or ride a vehicle or motorcycle you must:

Learner drivers

As a learner driver you must:

  • be supervised by a qualified driver (except if riding a motorcycle)
  • display L plates (L plates or D plates in Wales)

Vehicle requirements

The vehicle must:

You must also have a minimum of third party insurance that covers your use of the vehicle.

Changes to personal or vehicle details

You must tell DVLA if you:

Driving larger vehicles or buses

There are higher medical and eyesight standards for driving larger vehicles.

You must tell DVLA if you have any driving convictions.

If you’re applying for a passenger-carrying vehicle (PCV) licence then you must also tell DVLA if you have any other convictions.