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:
- have the correct driving licence
- be the minimum driving or riding age
- meet the minimum eyesight rules
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)
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:
- change your name or address
- make any alterations to your vehicle
- sell your vehicle
- have or develop a medical condition
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.