Whether you are a young driver, or an adult wanting to refresh their driving skills, there are many steps that need to be taken before hitting the open road. One of these steps is acquiring a provisional driving licence. In this blog post, we will cover what you need to know about applying for and getting your provisional driving licence in the UK, including how long it takes and how much it costs.
Applying for a provisional driving licence is straightforward and can be done online or by post. The process requires applicants to provide relevant personal details, such as their full name, date of birth, address history and identity documents (such as a passport). Applicants must also pay the fee which varies depending on the type of licence you are applying for. For a standard car licence, it costs £34 online or £43 by post. Once your application has been accepted, it can take up to three weeks for your licence to arrive in the mail.
The Theory Test
In order to obtain your provisional licence, you will also have to pass the theory test which is designed to measure your understanding of road rules in England, Scotland and Wales. The test lasts approximately one hour and consists of two parts – multiple choice questions and hazard perception tests – both of which must be passed in order for you to receive your certificate. It typically costs £23 for the car theory test but discounts may be available if booked in advance with an approved provider.
Once you have passed this exam with an overall score of at least 43 out of 50 marks (for cars), you will receive a confirmation letter that contains important information such as when and where your practical driving test should take place if necessary.
With proper preparation and dedication, obtaining a provisional driving licence doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. It’s important to remember that having access to all the right materials can help you feel more confident heading into any exam – particularly when it comes down to safe road use! Keep reading our blog posts for advice on preparing for both sections of the theory test so you can pass first time around! Good luck!