Provisional Driving Licence

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When you can apply

You can apply for your first provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and 9 months old.

You can start driving when you’re:

  • 17 if you want to drive a car
  • 16 if you want to ride a moped or light quad bike

Your licence will say when you can start driving different vehicles.

GB Driving Licence


Replace a lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed licence

This costs £20. You must replace your licence if it’s been lost, stolen, defaced or destroyed.

Change the name, address or photo on your driving licence

The fee depends on what you’re changing and how you do it.


To get your first provisional driving licence online for a car, motorcycle or moped you must:

Your licence should arrive within one week if you apply online.

Apply for your first provisional driving licence

Get your first provisional driving licence for a car, moped or motorcycle fromDVLA online. Apply using your Government Gateway ID. If you don’t have one or need to re-register, you’ll get an ID as part of your application.

Start now on driving licensing online.

Exchange a foreign driving licence

Find out how to exchange your non-British driving licence for a British licence.

There’s a different process if you want to get a Northern Ireland driving licence.