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Getting Your Driving Licence
To obtain your provisional car licence, you must be at least 17 years of age (16 if receiving the higher rate of disability living allowance). An application form (D1) can be obtained from any post office. Once you have received your licence, check the details are correct and sign it. Your licence is not valid until you have done so. You must not drive on the road until you hold a valid licence.

Accompanying Learner Drivers
To accompany a learner driver you must: Have held a full EC/EEA driving licence for at least 3 years for the category of vehicle being driven. Be at least 21 years of age. Ensure the vehicle is properly insured. Ensure the vehicle is fitted with L plates to the front and rear (D plates in Wales). Ensure the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition.

The Theory Test
This is the first test you must take, although you do not have to have passed it before you begin driving on the road. You will take the theory test at a local theory test centre. The first part of the theory test is a multiple choice test of 50 questions chosen randomly from a bank of questions. The second part of the test is called Hazard Perception and involves watching video clips of driving situations in which you must spot the developing hazard as quickly as possible. Both parts of the test are conducted at a computer screen.

The Practical Test
The practical driving test is designed to make sure that you can drive safely and that you can demonstrate, through your driving, a thorough knowledge of The Highway Code. The test will last about 40 minutes.

The examiner will firstly test your eyesight by asking you to read a number plate from the required distance. Providing you pass this test you will then be asked 2 questions relating to the vehicle safety checks that should be carried out before beginning a journey. You will be required to show or tell the examiner what you would do and for this it may be necessary for you to open the bonnet of your vehicle.

During the test you are allowed to make up to 15 minor driving faults. However 1 serious or dangerous fault will result in failure.

For more information on the driving tests, including test fees, current pass marks and how to book tests, visit the Driving Standards Agency website at www.dsa.gov.uk or telephone the DSA Test Enquiries and Booking Centre on 0300 200 1122. Additionally there are various recommended publications which will help you prepare for your tests.

Whilst every effort is made to keep the information here up to date and correct, we can accept no responsibility for inaccuracies. For more details, see DVLA Website