DVLA also was known as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is a government organisation in the United Kingdom. It is responsible for maintaining the database of drivers in Great Britain. It is also a database of all vehicles in the UK. In Northern Ireland, this government agency is called Driver and Vehicle Agency – DVA. The agency is responsible for issuing driving licences, collect road taxes and sells personalised registrations. In this article, you will learn how to get your DVLA provisional licence.
What is a DVLA Provisional Licence?
A DVLA Provisional Licence is a driving licence that will give you permission to drive a moped, a motorbike or a car on the United Kingdom roads. However, it does not permit you to drive on motorways alone. Only with the supervision of a driving instructor or even another driver that is over the age of 21 years and who owns a driving licence for more than three years.
You may apply for this DVLA provisional licence only if you are at least 15 years and 9 months old. When you get this provisional licence you can ride a moped or a light quad bike only when you are at least 16 years old and you can drive a car when you are at least 17 years old. There are different ways to apply for a DVLA provisional licence, you can apply online, by post or at a Post Office.
Provisional Driving Licence Price
The DVLA Provisional Driving Licence price may vary depending on the way you send your application. If you apply for a DVLA provisional licence online, you will have to pay a fee of £34 by debit or credit card. If you apply by post you will have to send a fee £43 by cheque or postal order payable to DVLA and you have to know that cash is not accepted, so don’t send cash along with your documents.
DVLA Provisional Driving Licence Eligibility
In order to get your provisional driving licence, you need to meet some requirements:
- you need to be 15 years and 9 months old at the time of application
- your vision has to be good enough to read a number plate from 20 metres
- you have to provide an identity document
- you must provide an address where you have lived in the past three years
- you have to be able to pay £34 by debit or credit card
- you need to know your insurance national number
DVLA Provisional Licence Application
To get your first provisional driving licence for a car, moped or motorbike you can go to the DVLA online and start an application. To do that, follow the steps below:
Step 1 – Go to DVLA provisional licence application page
The first step is to go to the government website in section Driving and Transport and then Driving Licences, then click Apply for your first provisional driving licence. On this page, you have to click the Start now button as you can see in the picture above.
Step 2 – Start the DVLA provisional licence application
On the next page, you will have to find the section it is suitable for you. If you are an existing user you need to click Log on, if you have forgotten your Government User ID just click Re-register button and if you are a new customer just click the Register link. You are instructed not to use your back, forward or refresh buttons on your browser when you start the application, just use the buttons inside the application. You need to have at hand all the necessary documents and you have to make sure you enter your details, not other person’s details.
On the next page, you are informed that your data is secure on this government website and that you can be confident in their services. If you click this link you will learn that all the information that you enter are sent through the SSL protocol which is a secure link between your browser and the government server. The encryption used is a 128-bit encryption so there is no need to worry about.
Step 3 – Enter Your Personal Details
On this step, you have to enter your personal details like the gender, your first and last name, date of birth, country of birth and then click the Next button on the bottom right of the page.
Step 4 – Enter your Address
On Step 4 you need to enter your address. To be easier, just enter your postcode, click next and then select your address from the list. Click Next again and you have to enter how many years you have been living at this address. If you have lived at a residence for less than 3 years you will be asked to give multiple addresses.
Step 5 – Enter your identity details
On this step of the DVLA provisional driving licence application you need to enter your Home telephone number, your Daytime telephone number, your Marital status, your Birth surname, your Mother’s maiden name and your Place of birth.
Step 6 – Enter Your National Insurance Number
In step 6 you have to enter your National Insurance Number because this may help process your application quickly. If you don’t provide this number it may be possible to have to send by post additional paper documentation to confirm your identity.
Step 7 – Enter Your Passport Number
On this step, you have to enter your passport number. Look into your password and type correctly your passport number and then click the Next button. In case you don’t want to provide your UK passport number or if you don’t have a UK passport, just click the Next button to continue with the application.
Step 8 – Photo and Signature
On this step of your application, you have to give your agreement about retrieving your photo and signature from the HM Passport Office database. You have two options, you can agree to accept or not. But if you click “Do not attempt” you will have to send a photograph and completion by post. So in order to save some time and money, choose “Attempt to retrieve the passport photo and signature”.
Step 9 – Choose a DVLA password
Choose a password to register with the Government Gateway and you will be given a User ID later. Enter a memorable password between 8 and 12 characters and be sure to choose a combination of numbers and letter, without any space.
Remaining Steps – Privacy Based
- Step 10 – Review application
- Step 11 – Submit Card details
- Step 12 – Confirm your application
Apply for a DVLA Provisional Licence by Post
You will be able to apply for a DVLA Provisional Driving Licence by sending a form through the post. The postal application will take up to three weeks and you need to include your original documents that will confirm your identity, a colour passport style photo, a fee of £43 by cheque or postal order payable to DVLA(remember not to send cash). When you are ready to send your application and payment, you need to send it to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD – in case your documents are from the United Kingdom.To apply for a DVLA provisional licence by post you need to follow these steps:
You will have all personal documents returned in the end with your provisional licence photo card.To apply for a DVLA provisional licence by post you need to follow these steps:
To apply for a DVLA provisional licence by post you need to follow these steps:
Step 1 – Order DVLA Provisional Licence Form
The first step is to order DVLA forms by clicking the Start Now button. You will need to enter on the next step a UK address and you can even download some of them, but not all of these forms can be downloaded because it may include a plastic window to attach your photo. For a DVLA provisional driving licence, you need to order a D1 pack.
Step 2 – DVLA Form Enter Details
Enter your Name, House number, street address, City, County, Postcode and click D1 Pack which means the application for a driving licence for a car, moped or motorcycle.
Step 3 – Compile All Required DVLA Provisional Licence Documents
If you want to apply for a DVLA provisional driving licence by post you need to send an identity document with your application. If you have a biometric passport, you don’t have to send an identity document, just send the 9-digits passport number. If you don’t have a biometric passport, send the following documents:
– a current passport that is valid also
– your biometric residence permit also known as BRP
– a European national identity card
– a travel document
These documents must be sent with your original provisional driving licence application. If you don’t have an EU national identity card or an EEA passport, you will have to send a VISA that proves you have the permission to live in the United Kingdom. Remember you can not use certified copies or photocopies.
How to Replace a Lost DVLA Provisional Licence
If you lost your Provisional Driving licence, or it is damaged or destroyed, you can get a replacement online. If it is stolen you need to contact the police first. Then you ask for a replacement by using your Government Gateway ID that you got when you applied in the first place for your DVLA provisional driving licence. To replace it you need to meet these requirements:
– you have to be a resident of Great Britain
– you must not be disqualified from driving
– you need to be able to pay a £20 by debit or credit card
– you must provide an address where you lived in the past three years
– you have to provide your provisional driving licence number
– you must provide your National Insurance number
– you need to provide also the passport number
If you find your provisional driving licence later, you have to send it by post to DVLA explaining that you find it after replacing with a new one. You must send it to this address: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AB.
DVLA Provisional Licence Contact Number
The DVLA Provisional Licence number is 0300 790 6801. You can call between Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 7 PM and on Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM. You may contact DVLA if you have inquiries about your provisional licence application, about a replacement if lost or damaged, in case you need to renew it after you have been disqualified or if you want to exchange it.
Provisional Driving Licence Change of Address
In case you changed your address you need to contact DVLA to have your address replaced on your Provisional Driving Licence. There is no cost for this change and you can still drive while you will be waiting for the new licence. It is very important knowing that you can be fined for up to £1,000 if you will not inform DVLA about the change of your address. To change your address you will need the following:
– your Government Gateway ID
– your provisional licence
– you need to be a resident of Great Britain
– you have to able to give your address where you lived in the past three years
– you must not be banned from driving
You have to able to provide the provisional licence number, your National Insurance number, and the passport number. You need also to change the address on the log book of your car or vehicle and in the vehicle tax Direct Debit.
DVLA Provisional Driving Licence Review
DVLA Provisional Licence is a driving licence that you need in order to drive a car, a moped or a motorbike if you are not old enough to have a driving licence. To get one you need to be at least 15 years and 9 months old, you need to have a good eyesight, you need to be able to provide a UK address, to be able to pay a £34 by credit card and to know your National Insurance Number.
You may apply online or by post, or even in a Post Office. When you submit your application online you need to enter accurate information because the system automatically checks your data. When you send your application by post you need first to order the D1 form and when this form will get to your place you need to send the original documents, not any copies or photocopies. When you apply On a Post Office you have to take the original documents with you. You need to know that processing your application may take up to 2 weeks if you applied online, or even 3 weeks if you applied by post.