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Below are the legal requirements to drive a car

What you need to start driving

The minimum age that a young person can begin driving is 16 in the United Kingdom. However, that is only for those who are receiving a disability living allowance and the highest rate. A majority of new drivers will start to learn on or around their 17th birthday. You can apply for your provisional driving licence 3 months before your 17th birthday. This can be done online or, at your local post office. You will need a passport photograph to complete your application.

A valid UK Provisional Drivers Licence

You might not wear glasses but, when was the last time you had eyesight checked. In our experience, many new drivers have not had an eyesight check in the past 2 years. You must be able to read a number plate from 20 metres (new style number plate) or 20.5 metres for the old style. If you wear glasses for your driving test, then you must wear them whenever you are driving. You cannot wear glasses for reading the number plate for example then remove them for the driving element of the practical test.

Eyesight Requirements

As a new driver it is highly beneficial to now start reading the Highway Code. The latest edition was published in 2007. You can obtain copies of these from most bookstores, newsagents and online retailers. There is even an online version of the Highway Code. You will be expected to know the content of Highway Code and in the event that you are stopped by a police officer, your ignorance would be no defence.

Highway Code

Being able to drive opens up so many pathways to you, whatever your age. If you have any questions then call

01432 851855. We are here to help.

Independence starts here

Apply for your licence From to

Your journey to becoming a full licence holder starts here. Below is some useful information to help you get started. In addition to what we have listed below, you will need to take and pass a theory test and a practical driving test. We have other pages that can provide you with more information on these elements of learning to drive. Simply go back to our home page and follow the links on the left, or use the drop down menu above to find what you need

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