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3.Learn to Drive

 

Before you book any driving tests it's important to check whether you can start to learn to drive. Most people can start to learn at 17. If you are the driving age then you will need to get your provisional licence.

 

Get a provisional licence

You can apply for your provisional online or through the post. It costs £34 to apply online and £43 if you apply by post.

You will need to provide:

  • Identification
  • Your addresses for the past three years
  • Your National Insurance number

Your provisional should arrive within 3 weeks; once this has arrived you can then learn to drive.

 

Driving Lessons

When learning to drive you must be supervised in the car at all times. This can be done by a driving instructor, family or friends providing they meet the laws for this.

If you are paying for someone to teach you they must be a qualified and approved (ADI) driving instructor or trainee driving instructor.

There is no minimum number of lessons that you must do, it all depends on how quickly you learn.

 

If you have Special Educational Needs or Disability 

If you are thinking about learning to drive and are receiving Disability Living Allowance then you can apply for your provisional license 3 months before you 16th birthday.  You will only be able to use it when you turn 16.

When finding a driving instructor you may want to have a conversation and ask them some questions beforehand.

You may want to know:

  • If the instructor is able to teach someone with your needs or disability
  • If your driving instructor is registered  on the Approved Driving Instructor Register
  • What tests you will need to do
  • How much will it cost
  • How long will it take

You'll still have to drive to the same standard to pass your driving test but examiners can make adjustments for your situation. 

Adjustments will often be made for the following conditions: 

  • Physical Disability
  • Deafness or haring impairment 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Reading Difficulties- ie. Dyslexia 
  • Learning Difficulties 

You MUST tell DVLA about a health or medical condition that could affect your driving otherwise you could befined up to £1,000

 

Disability Specialist Driving Instructors

Some driving instructors will provide support specifically for people with disabilities. You can visit Disability Driving Instructors to find a local specialist driving instructor

 

Theory Test

You can take your theory test at any point after you have turned 17. If you get or have applied for the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) then you can take your theory from your 16th birthday.

There are many books and apps that can help you practise for your theory.  There are two parts to your theory

Once you have taken your theory test you will be told if you have passed or failed. If you have passed you can then book your driving test. If you have failed you can rebook to take it again after three working days.

 

If you have a reading difficulty, disability or health condition

When booking your theory test you should inform them if you have a disability, reading difficulty or health condition.

Support available:

  • Can hear the test through headphones
  • Extra time to take the test
  • Someone to read what's on the screen and write down your answers
  • Someone to reword the questions for you
  • The test can be taken in British Sign Language, with an interpreter, lip speaker or hearing loop.

Contact DVLA before your test to request any of the above support on 0300 200 1122 or hearingsupport@pearson.com or customercare@pearson.com  


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