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3.Learn to Drive


Most people can start to learn how to drive at age 17. If you are of driving age, then you could apply for a provisional licence, which you will hold until you pass your driving test.


Get a provisional licence

You can apply for the provisional licence online or through the post.

You will need to provide:

  • Identification
  • Your addresses of where you have been living over the past three years
  • Your National Insurance number


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.


If you have Special Educational Needs or Disability 

When finding a driving instructor you may want to have a conversation and ask them some questions beforehand. Things you might need to know include:

  • If the instructor is able to teach someone with your needs or disability
  • If the 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 will 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 hearing impairment 
  • Reading difficulties- ie. Dyslexia 
  • Learning difficulties 

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


Disability Specialist Driving Instructors

Some driving instructors can 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, once you are 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 it -

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 on 0300 200 1122, if you need support.

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