How do I apply for my provisional licence?
To apply for your provisional driving licence online you need to:
be at least 15 years and 9 months old
be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away
provide an identity document, unless you have a valid UK biometric passport
provide details of addresses where you have lived for the past three years
have your National Insurance (NI) number if known
pay the appropriate fee
Supervising Learner Drivers
Anyone you practise your driving with must:
not take payment - only an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) or Potential Driving Instructor (PDI) can charge for driving lessons
be over 21
be qualified to drive the type of vehicle you want to learn in - e.g. they must have a manual car licence if they're supervising you in a manual car
have had their full driving licence for 3 years (from countries in the EU or EEA)
It is illegal for the supervising driver to use a handheld mobile phone whilst supervising you.
You will need your own insurance as a learner driver if you're practising in a car you own. Your supervising driver will usually be covered on this. If you're practising in someone else's car, you need to make sure their insurance policy covers you as a learner driver.
We have partnered with Collingwood Learner Driver Insurance who provide insurance for learner drivers. This is separate from any existing insurance policy on the car and means that the main insurance policy no-claims discount is unaffected should there by any mis-haps whilst out practicing.
You can get an unlimited fine, be banned from driving and get up to 8 penalty points for driving without insurance.
How long will it take my to pass my test?
The average number of hours often quoted by the DVSA is 45 hours with a driving instructor together with 22 hours of private practice, that is with family or friends.
People will often say "I only took 10 lessons and passed first time", however the driving test has evolved over the years and is more difficult than it was in the 1980 and 1990s. The number of road users have also significantly increased over the years, presenting more challenges for novice drivers.
The amount of time it will take is dependent on the individual: some people will be natural drivers whilst others will find it a challenging environment.
At Drive On, we have seen it all. People passing with less than 20 hours of lessons to people passing with over 80 hours, and everything in between. There is no set number of hours and we will not present you for your test if we do not believe you are ready.
When should I book my theory test?
As soon as possible, when you are ready.
It is important to put the effort into the theory side of driving as well as the practical side. After all, you need to know the theory in order to make correct, safe decisions on the road.
You should not solely rely on apps or DVDs and go through mock test after mock test in order to try and pass.
We recommend that you read the following publications:
The Highway Code
Know Your Traffic Signs
Driving: The Essential Skills
Your instructor can provide a copy of these (for a small charge!) if you do not already have them.