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Provisional Licence

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 programme.

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 both parts.

Practice
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 key elements.
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.