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, has a tax disc and an MOT.
Before you drive or ride
To drive or ride a vehicle or motorcycle you must:
- have the correct driving licence
- be of the minimum driving or riding age
- meet the minimum eyesight rules
As a learner driver you must:
- be supervised by a qualified driver (not if riding a motorcycle)
- display L plates (L or D plates in Wales)
The vehicle must:
- be registered with DVLA
- have a valid vehicle tax disc
- have a current MOT certificate (if required)
You must also have a minimum of third party insurance which covers you using 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 also tell DVLA if you have convictions relating to your driving conduct.
If you’re applying for a passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) licence then you have to tell DVLA if you have any non-driving convictions as well.