How to Apply for a Provisional Driving Licence
Applying for a driving licence can be an exciting and empowering experience. Whether you are a teenager or university student looking to get your first provisional licence, or a parent helping your child apply for theirs, knowing how to apply for a provisional licence is important. Here’s what you need to know about applying for and getting a provisional driving licence in the UK.
Applying For Your Provisional Licence
If you want to learn to drive in the UK, then you must first obtain your provisional driving licence. To apply for your provisional licence, you must be at least 15 years and 9 months old. You will also need certain documents such as identification, proof of residence and passport photos. You can either fill out an online application form on the DVLA website or pick up a D1 application form from any Post Office branch. Once you have filled out the form, submit it along with all necessary documents and pay the £34 fee via credit or debit card.
Renewing Your Provisional Licence
Your provisional driving licence typically lasts until you turn 70 years old, after which it automatically expires. If you want to keep using your licence after that point, it needs to be renewed every three years before its expiry date. The renewal process is similar to when you initially applied for your provisional licence; fill out an application form (which can be found online) and submit it along with two passport-style photos and proof of identity (such as a valid passport). You will also need to pay the renewal fee of £14 by credit/debit card or cheque/postal order made payable to DVLA Swansea.
Getting Your Photo Card Licence
Once your application has been processed successfully, DVLA will send your photo card driving license via post within 3 weeks of receiving your application form. The photocard licence will include information such as name, address, DOB, and signature as well as a photo taken from passport-style photos submitted with the initial application forms. It is important that all details shown on the photocard are correct; if there are any mistakes please contact DVLA immediately so they can take corrective action before issuing another license.
Applying for a provisional driving licence is relatively straightforward but requires careful attention in regards to filling out forms correctly and providing all relevant documents along with payment fees when submitting them either online or through post office branches throughout the UK. As long as everything is done properly obtaining one’s provisional driving license should not pose too many issues! Good luck!
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