All you need to know about applying for your first provisional UK Cat-B (Car) Licence.

Apply for a provisional driving licence

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Driving Tests have ceased from 20th December 2020 until further notice!

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Before you can begin your driving lessons with Podium Driving School (or any other driving school for that matter), you will need to be in possession of a provisional driving licence - these are the green plastic cards with the red 'L' plate showing on the front.

Before you apply...

You must satisfy the following conditions as set out by the DVLA.

  • Be at least 15 years and 9 months old at the time of your application

  • Be able to read a new style number plate from 20 meters away

If you've managed to tick both of those off then next you need to pop along to a Post Office to pick up an application (D1 form). Alternatively you can visit the website, this seems to be the quickest method from the feedback we've had.


You must also have the fee payable to DVLA. A provisional currently costs £34 online and £43 by post. You can pay this in a range of ways i.e Debit / Credit card or cash at any Post Office branch.

Things you need to provide...

You will need the following items when you make your provisional application online.


These are:

  • A document to prove your identity - click here for what is and is not accepted

  • Address history for the past 3 years

  • Your national insurance number if you know it

  • A Passport style photograph if your applying through the post

Remember only original documents can be used, photo-copied documents will not be accepted and will only result in your application being rejected or delayed.

For more information on applying through the post click here.

Things to remember...

When you receive your provisional licence, you will have some restrictions and/or limitations, that you must follow.


Some of these are:

  • You can only start driving a car when you are 17 - no matter what age you received your provisional. The only exception from this is if you are in receipt of the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence payment.

  • You must be supervised whilst learning to drive. With either an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) or someone who can meets the rules to supervise you

  • You must always display 'L' plates when driving on UK roads

  • You can drive at anytime during the day or night

  • You are only permitted to drive on Motorways in England, Scotland and Wales if you are in a dual-controlled car & with an Approved Driving Instructor

  • You must obey the speed limit the same as if you had passed your test. 

  • If you are in Northern Island, the speed limit for learner drivers is 45mph.

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