This simple guide, easy to understand guide is for anyone who wants to learn to drive in the UK and pass his or her driving test.  While many people know what steps to take, there are a number who do not.  For example, where no other member of the family drives, or where other family members passed many years ago before the introduction of the Theory Test.

This guide explains each step.

Provisional Licence

Before you start to learn to drive you need to apply for your provisional driving license.  This can be done either by obtaining an application form and then taking it into the Post Office or by applying securely online at the DirectGov web site.

You can apply online if you meet the following criteria:

  • are a resident of Great Britain
  • can meet the minimum age requirement
  • can meet the minimum eyesight requirement
  • are currently not prevented from driving for any reason
  • can pay £50.00 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron or Delta 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

Driving Lessons

You will need to take lessons as part of learning to drive.  Giving the changes to regulations it is advisable to choose a reputable driving School like James School of Motoring.

We all know someone, or have parents, who say “I only had a few lessons and passed”. But long gone are the days of 10 lessons and pass your test! Please look at our link to the DSA. (Driving Standards Agency) and see their guidelines so you know what to expect.

However you can reduce the amount of lessons by obtaining a copy of the DSA official publication ‘Driving: the essential skills’ and the new Highway Code. Reading them alongside your lessons will certainly reduce the number you need.

Taking regular lessons where possible is also important. Stopping and starting lessons will only add to the time and overall cost.

Theory Test

You can start your driving lessons before you pass your theory test, and indeed most pupils find this beneficial as they experience, in real situations, what they are studying.

You cannot book a practical driving test until you have a theory pass certificate number.

The theory test is in two parts. If you fail either part you will need to take both parts again.

Practical Test

The Practical Driving Test is approx. 40 minutes and will include a “Show me, tell me” and driving during which you will have to perform 1 manoeuvre. Your instructor should have prepared you before hand by taking you on mock tests as part of your driving plan.