Applying for your provisional driving license should be your first step in learning how to drive. It is also good to know that if you have a valid driving license and you wish to add a higher category vehicle, you must, first of all, apply for a provisional entitlement in the category you want to move to.
In this article, look at the cost incurred in applying for a provisional driving license, the conditions that you must meet and how you can easily get one. Read on to find out.
Where can you apply for your provisional driving license?
You can easily apply for your provisional driving license for moped, car, or motorbike form DVLA online or by completing the DL1 application form which is readily available at the main post office branches countrywide or MOT test centers countrywide.
To apply for your provisional driving license, you will need to have your Government Gateway ID. In case you do not have one, then be sure to register for it as part of your application. This way, you get both the provisional driving license and the Government Gateway ID.
Those who possess the provisional driving license do not need to apply for it again.
What Kind of vehicles can you drive if you possess a provisional driving license?
Having a provisional driving license limits you to the following categories of automotive;
- You are allowed to drive a car with a provisional driving license as long as you strictly adhere to the rules of learning to drive.
- You can ride a moped. It is good to remember that you are not allowed to ride on the road until the time you complete a compulsory basic training course
What are the requirements?
Before you get your first provisional driving license for a motorbike, moped, or car, you need to fulfill the following conditions;
- You must provide your valid and legal identity document if you do not have a valid UK biometric passport
- You must be at least 15 years and nine months old. This means that you can drive a car at the age of 16 years.
- You must pay a fee of £34 by Visa, Credit card, Maestro, MasterCard, or Delta debit.
- You should have your National Insurance number if it is known.
- You must have a clear vision. You should be able to read a number plate at least 20 metres away.
How long does it take to receive your provisional driving license after applying?
If your application is considered successful, you will receive your provisional driving license with two weeks if you applied online. Applications made through the main post office branches and MOT may take a little longer to arrive. However, the total waiting time does not exceed four weeks.