The first thing every driver needs to do is to apply for a provisional driving licence:

Do It Online

The easiest way to do this is to visit the DVLA website, on there you will be able to apply for your licence without leaving the comfort of your home. Make sure you have a valid debit or credit card, valid UK passport if you have and details of your previous addresses.

Click here to apply for you license

Apply By Post Or In Person

You can also apply for driving licence by completing a D1 application form. These forms are available from the DVLA form ordering service or going to your local post office. Along with the completed form you will need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity (listed below), a passport style colour photograph and the fee of £50.00.

Completed forms, documents, photo and fee should all then be sent to: The DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD.

Identity Documents

  • Full Valid Current Passport
  • National Identity Card issued by a member state of the European Community/European Economic Area (EC/EEA)
  • Biometric residence permit (formerly known as the identity card for foreign nationals)
  • UK certificate of naturalisation

If you’re planning a holiday in the next month consider delaying your application or use another proof of identity as your passport may take a few weeks to be returned to you. Expect your licence to be with you approximately three weeks after applying for your license.

If that time passes and you still haven’t received your license contact the DVLA.

Eye Sight Check

Before you can start to learn to drive you also need to check your eyesight. You have to be able read an old still number plate (pre-2001) from 20.50 metres or a new style number plate from 20 metres (approximately five car lengths).

Got Your Licence?

Once your licence arrives the most important thing to do is keep it in a safe place. Your licence will come in two parts, your photo card and counterpart. You will need to keep both parts safe as they will both be needed in order to take any tests. I

Now you need to book your first lesson – Rapide Driving School is currently offering some of the cheapest driving lessons in Leicester so don’t hesitate to contact us to get you on the road.