to be a great driver
I recommend applying for a provisional licence as soon as
possible as you will need this before you start learning to drive. You can pick
up a D1 form at your local post office.
If you'd prefer to apply online, you can do so on the Direct
Gov website. You can apply for your provisional driving licence up to three
months before your 17th birthday although you cannot drive on the road until
you have turned 17 and you have the provisional licence in your possession.
Before applying for a driving licence make sure you:
* Are a resident of the UK
* Can meet the minimum age requirement
* Can meet the minimum eyesight requirement
* Are currently not prevented from driving for any reason
* Can pay £50 by MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, Electron, Delta or Solo debit
or credit card
* Have a valid UK passport or another form of identity
* Can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years
The DVLA will aim to send your driving licence within ten
working days of you submitting your application. In the meantime, you can of
course brush up on your Highway Code and the various driving laws before taking
your driving theory test.
Once you’ve obtained your provisional licence, you will need to start
thinking about taking your theory driving test.
The DSA theory test consists of a multiple choice section
and a hazard perception test.
You will need to be successful in both parts in order to pass overall, so we
suggest getting the recommended reading under your belt and attempting as many
mock theory tests as possible to familiarise yourself with the structure of
The multiple choice section is presented with a touch screen
computer or you can use a mouse. You will be expected to answer a total of 50
questions; answering at least 43 correct in order to pass. With the hazard perception
test, your responses are recorded through the use of a computer mouse button.
You must click as early as possible when you see a developing hazard with a
maximum score of 5 per hazard. There are a total of 15 developing hazards giving
a possible total of 75. You must score at least 44 in order to pass this part
of the test.
If you fail one part of the test, you will have to retake
To ensure you fine-tune your knowledge and cram in as much
practice as possible, Direct
Gov provides a great online service where you can undergo practice driving
theory tests to assess your knowledge and build up your understanding of the
You can also preview the Highway Code on the Direct Gov website
and order the recommended reading materials including ‘Know Your Traffic
Signs’ and the ‘Essential Skills’ series of books. This information
and experience will prove invaluable leading up to your practical driving test.
GR8 Drivers Driving School would like to wish everyone about
to take their theory and hazard perception test, the very best of luck!
Full Driving Licence
Once you've passed your practical driving test you can apply
for a full driving licence and get out on the road! You now need to contact
the DVLA and exchange your test pass certificate and provisional driving licence
for a new full UK driving licence within 2 years.