Applying for a Provisional Driving Licence
Before you can learn to drive a car you must apply for a provisional driving licence from the DVLA
You can apply for your first provisional driving licence for a car, moped or motorcycle using the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's (DVLA) secure and easy to use online service. Please note, you cannot use this service if you have previously had a provisional licence.
Apply by Post
You can apply for your provisional driving licence by completing the D1 application form that is available from Post Office branches. You will also need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity, a passport style colour photograph and the appropriate fee. Send your completed application and payment to:
"DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD"
Cost of your provisional driving licence
Online: £34.00 By Post: £43.00
When to expect your licence
DVLA aims to deliver your driving licence to you within three weeks of receiving your application. It will take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked. You will need to wait for your new licence to arrive before driving. Please allow at least three weeks for your licence to arrive before contacting DVLA.
For further information from the DVLA please click here
Change Address on your Driving LicenceChange the address on your driving licence with DVLA for free. Apply using your Government Gateway ID. If you do not have one, or need to re-register, you will get an ID as part of your application.
You can still drive while waiting for your new licence.
Lost Your Driving Licence?You can replace your current British driving licence (full or provisional) online if you have lost it or it has been stolen, defaced or destroyed
Renew your Driving LicenceYou must renew a photocard licence every 10 years
Find Lost Theory Test Certificate NumbersYou can find your theory test pass certificate number if you have lost your original letter. You'll need this when you book your practical test, and might need it if you check, change or cancel your practical test.
You will need your driving licence number and your date of birth.
It takes around 2 minutes and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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