Before you book your first practical lesson or take your Theory test, you are required to apply for a provisional licence. You can either apply for yours online or pick up a D1 Form from your local post office. Once you have completed the form you need to provide additional information such as; a passport sized photo, fee of £50.00 and original documentation confirming your identity.

You can apply for your provisional licence up to three months before your 17th birthday, however it would not become valid until you are seventeen.

Applying for a Theory Test

Once you have received your Provisional Licence and have signed it, you can apply for your theory test. You can book your theory test online at DSA - online booking. To complete the online form you require the following documents;

  • Your current provisional licence
  • A debit/credit card to pay the fee which is currently £25.00 (effect from October 2014)

Once you have received confirmation of the date and time of the theory test, you will need to present the following documents before you can take the test.

  • Your Provisional card licence
  • Booking reference number

Applying for a Practical Test

To take the practical test you must hold a provisional licence and have passed your Theory test. You can book your practical test through the following;

  • Book Online
  • By Phone - 0300 200 1122 (calls charged at local rate)
  • By Post - Pick up an application form from any theory or practical test centres.

The fee for a car test is £62.00 weekdays and £75.00 for weekends and weekday evenings.

You must present the following documents before taking the practical test;

  • Provisional licence
  • Your theory test pass certificate
  • Your appointment letter

If you do not provide the documents on the day of your test, the DSA will not allow your test and this will involve you losing your fee.