Applying for a Driving Licence

Applying For Your Full Driving Licence

You can apply for your full driving licence as soon as you’ve passed 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.

You’ll receive your full driving licence within 3 weeks.

Apply by post

If you’ve changed your name or you have a paper provisional driving licence, you must:

  • fill in the declaration on your driving test pass certificate
  • fill in a D1 ‘application for a driving licence’, available from the DVLA form ordering service or selected Post Offices
  • provide original documents confirming your identity
  • provide a passport photograph (only if you have a paper provisional licence)

Send your provisional licence and documents to the DVLA.

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You must send your driving test pass certificate and documents to the DVLA within 2 years of passing your driving test or you’ll have to take it again.

Applying for Your First Provisional Driving Licence

Get your first provisional driving licence for a moped, motorbike and car from DVLA online. To apply you must:

  • be at least 15 years and 9 months old
  • be able to read a number plate from 20 metres away

You’ll need your Government Gateway ID. If you do not have one or need to re-register, you’ll get an ID as part of your application.

Before you start

It costs £34 to apply online. You can pay by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta debit or credit card.

You’ll need to provide:

  • an identity document unless you have a valid UK biometric passport
  • addresses where you’ve lived over the last 3 years
  • your National Insurance number if you know it

You’ll get a confirmation email from DVLA after you’ve applied. You might be asked to take part in research by email, but you can opt out.

Your licence should arrive within one week if you apply online. It may take longer if DVLA need to make additional checks.

When you can drive with a provisional licence

There are different rules depending on your age and the type of vehicle. Check what vehicles you can drive and when before you start to learn.

Other ways to apply

You can apply by post. Fill in form D1 available from the DVLA form ordering service and certain Post Office branches.

It costs £43 to apply by post. Make your cheque or postal order payable to DVLA (do not send cash).

You’ll also need to include:

  • an identity document unless you have a valid UK biometric passport
  • a colour passport-style photograph

You must send original documents.

Send your application and payment to:

  • DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD – if all your documents are from the UK
  • DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AF – if any of your documents are from outside the UK

Your provisional licence should arrive within 3 weeks. Contact DVLA if it has not arrived by then.