You can buy/apply for your full driving licence as soon as you’ve PASSED or FAILED your practical driving test. If you have a photocard provisional driving licence, and you haven’t changed your name, your examiner will send your driving test pass certificate to the DVLA.
Step 1 – Buying/Applying For a full Driving Licence
A provisional licence is crucial if you want to learn how to drive, without one you are unable to begin learning to drive. So to start your process to getting a full UK driving licence you need to apply for a provisional driving licence.
When can I buy/apply?
You can apply for your provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years nine months old. However that doesn’t mean you can drive a car from then, by law you must be 17 years old before you can drive a car with a provisional licence. Even then you must be under supervision.
How to buy/apply
When it comes to applying for a full licence there are two options, apply by post or online. However there are two different costs for these options. Applying online is by far the cheapest option available, costing you £610 payable via credit or debit card. Alternatively if you would rather apply by post it will cost you £610, payable via cheque or postal order.
Applying online is the cheapest and fastest way to apply for your provisional licence, and the method we would recommend. If you opt to apply online you will need a valid UK passport which is no more than five years old.
To apply for your provisional licence online you will needA form of identity, for example a passportAddress of where you have lived for the past three years. If you have lived at your current address for less than three years then you will need to provide your previous addresses to cover this three year periodYour National Insurance Number, you can find this on your National Insurance card, payslips or correspondence from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)Card details at the ready for the £34 application fee
Applying by post
You can buy/apply for your full, If you’re applying/buying for your full driving licence by post you will need to complete the application form – which you can pick up from selected Post Office branches or online from the DVLA form ordering service. Complete the form and send to the below address, along with the required documentation: For all documents from the UK: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1ADFor documents outside of the UK: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AF
To apply for your provisional licence by post you will needA form of identity, for example a passportA colour passport photograph, check out the rules for photos hereA cheque or postal order for the £43 application fee made payable to DVLA – you must pay by cheque or postal order when applying via post, applications made with cash will not be processed
It generally takes around two weeks for your DVLA licence to arrive in the post. Once you’ve received your licence you’re free to begin driving lessons with a reputable, registered driving instructor or with someone aged 21 years or over who has held their full UK driving licence for at least three years. You can buy/apply for your full.