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Learning to drive

Image of L PlateBefore you can drive a car, you’ll need:

  • To be 17 years old

  • A provisional driving licence. You can apply up to three months before your 17th birthday. To get a licence, go to the Post Office, pick up and send off two application forms – a D1 and the new photolicence application form D750.

  • To book your lessons. You will need your provisional licence before you can take any lessons, although you can book them at any time.

  • Instruction. We recommend professional instruction, but you can also practise in another vehicle if:

    1.  you are accompanied by someone who is at least 21 years of age
    2.  they have held a full driving licence for at least three years.
    3.  you display ‘L’ plates at the back and front of the car
  • Insurance cover – but only if you are not learning in a Driving School car.