Obtaining a provisional licence
Before you can start learning to drive, you need a provisional driving licence. To apply for it, you must complete the application form D1 that's available from either the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
form-ordering service – or from your local Post Office. Alternatively you can now apply for a provisional licence online. Visit www.direct.gov.uk
and follow the directions. It takes about 4 weeks for your application to be processed and for your licence to be sent to you – so if you want to start learning to drive as soon as you hit 17, make sure you apply early! Theory test
The theory test is made up of two parts; a multiple choice section and a hazard perception test. When you take your theory test, the multiple choice section is delivered using a touch-screen computer and mouse, while the hazard perception test records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button. You'll need to pass both parts to successfully complete your theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other, you'll fail the whole test, and will have to take both parts again.
You can book your theory test through the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
When you take your practical test, but before you do any driving, you'll be asked to perform an eyesight check and then be asked one vehicle show me tell me question. During the test you will be asked to perform a show me question on the move. Your Go instructor will ensure you know these questions well in advance of the test. You'll then be tested on your general driving ability, including one reverse exercise. You will also be asked to drive independently for approximately 20 mins following either Sat Nav or signs. The practical driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test, your examiner will be looking for evidence that you've reached an overall safe standard of driving, as you carry out both general and specific manoeuvres. You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test, but 16 or more driving faults results in a fail. However, if you commit just one serious or dangerous fault, you'll fail the test automatically.
You can book your practical test through the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
website. Your Go instructor will advise you when you should apply for your test, taking into account the waiting time at your local DSA test centre.Bring the right documentation!
You must bring the following items with you to the test. If you don't, the Driving Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA)
may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee;