DVLA Provisional Licence: Costs, Lost, Renewal, Replacement Prices and Numbers

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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

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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

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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.

DVLA Encryption

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

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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

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

dvla 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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

DVLA Forms 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

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

provisional licence change 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.

60 thoughts on “DVLA Provisional Licence: Costs, Lost, Renewal, Replacement Prices and Numbers”

    1. How do I get my provision. Licence back I have been told that I will be able to get a car cos I have been put on high rate cos I have to get taxes every where as I have problems walking n suffer from paranoid I want to be able to get to mother’s n appointment for my blood clot have to get a run sometimes but I had my brother taking me to the doctor’s but not got a car now so I have to get my provision for my self and get my driving license hopefully soon

    2. I need to renew my provisional licence after running out on the 28/11/17. Also I have no passport.

    3. Hello I need to renew my provisional as the date has ran out I do not no how to do this please could you help and advise me on how to do this thankyou

    4. I have the difficulty to renew my provisional license driving online because the system needs me to provide a Uk passport. I am French with having my French passport but I could not progress on my renew process online. When I wrote my French passport, the system does not accept my number.
      Would you like to help to sort out this problem, so which way I need to renew my provisional license if you have not a UK passport online.

    5. Hi, my DVLA provisional Driving License is expired I wand to renew but I don’t understand how? Please help me . Thanks

  1. I need to replace a full driving licence that I have lost. I can’t find an application form a lost driving licence.

  2. My provisional licence As expired from 2013 , what can I do to replace it, as want to start again with my driving lessons, please help

  3. I am in receipt of ESA, and want to apply for a first provisional driving licence. Would I be entitled to have all or part of the fee paid for me?

    many thanks

  4. I had provisional driving licence many years ago it was a paper one but I have lost it am wanting to renew it how do I go about this
    Jennifer Hesling

  5. I’ve lost my provisional licence i need to apply to a replacement but unfortunately I do not have a passport anymore due to my ex husband who burnt it ,so please could you help me I don’t work and have a family so don’t have the funds to get a new passport

  6. Need to renew my provisional but my passport has run out of date only got my birth certificate as I’D

  7. The eligibility criteria states specifically – you need to be at least 15 years and 9 months old, but once you finish the form it states 17 years – which is correct?

  8. Hello I need to renew my provisional as the date has ran out I do not no how to do this please could you help and advise me on how to do this thankyou

  9. Dear Sir/madam,
    Please let me know how can I renew my Provisional driving licence as it expired on 31/05/2015.
    I also need to change the details of address which were there on my previous Provisional Driving Licence.Please send me the link over my email so I may do it online.

  10. Hello I need to renew my provisional as the date has ran out in March I do not no how to do this please could you help and advise me on how to do this

  11. hi, there is no link to tell you how to renew your provisional driving license, please can you help?????

  12. I didn’t send my application form back in time for my provisional and it’s expired a couple of days ago.
    How long do I have to wait until I can apply again

  13. What if you’re an Autistic orphan who’s been so busy changing address to flee from being under the duresses of abuser after abuser your entire life – with whom you only lived in order to avoid being on the streets and have finally gotten somewhere stable (it’s so incredible to live in one place for more than a few months – a year! Two years I’ve been here, now!) and didn’t know that you could be fined for not updating the address on your provisional license, and have also been too busy desperately struggling to borderline survive to have any of this kind of bureaucracy anywhere near the top of your priorities and definitely wouldn’t have the money for it anyway and are so sick of bureaucrats and authoritarians assuming that everybody’s life is easy enough to do this stuff and that Autistic women don’t exist to the extent that it makes you suicidal because the unnecessary obstacles put up against you feel both cruel and insurmountable?

    Needed a provisional license because an actual psychopath stole my passport.

    Need to renew my license to get a railcard because even though I am eligible for the disabled one, I can’t get it, because the DWP is an institution of neglect and abuse who refuse PIP to those in desperate need based on ignorant and shallow assumptions.
    Just because I have a good vocabulary does not mean that I don’t suffer from sensory overload (physical agony caused by unpleasant sensory stimuli), C-PTSD, OCD, anxiety, insomnia, alcoholism (though I fight that quite well, but I don’t always win – I’ve been better at fighting it as I’ve gotten more experienced) suicidal depression, and catatonic shutdowns.

    My life is Hell and I’m always struggling and no matter what everything is always so much harder on me than it should or needs to be.

    And I’m not the only one.

    It’s an atrocity that those in power live in a bubble of privilege and force everybody else to suffer and struggle because our problems don’t even enter their consideration in order to make any leeway for it at all in these unaccommodatin, exclusionary and impenetrabile systems.

    Everywhere I turn to try to improve my very low quality of life is a brick wall of Catch-22s.

    And all that I did to deserve this was to be born into this society.

    How rude of me.

    Guess I ought to be punished for existing without choosing to, ey?

    Please consider how I feel.
    It would be how you would feel in a world that isn’t built for how your brain is wired and you are constantly locked out of what you need because of this, with zero accommodations made for you, and being actively punished when you dare to ever point any of this out or insist that your basic needs be met.
    You’d feel confused, angry, frustrated, depressed, silenced, ignored, erased, and frightened, too, if you were in my situation.

    Everything about the bureaucracy in this country is highly ableist and inaccessible.

    I wish that people in power understood that those whom they oppress are sentient beings, too, with intense emotions and valid thoughts and experiences.

    It probably won’t happen in my lifetime.

    But I can hope.

  14. my provisional licence has expired how do i renew it as im wanting to book my theory ?
    ive tried online and all i get is unable to complete online .
    also this subject needs to be made more clear as per all the comments not just mine.

  15. Hey sounds like life could do with giving you a break. Maybe try going to your local town hall or citizens advice as ask them about getting some help for things like this as many places including most job centres or housing benefits offices can offer advice or supply a help service where people who struggle with organising and filling in forms and keeping on top of personal accounts and utilities not necessarily due to trouble with literacy but some struggle by feeling over whelmed by it or cant focus on those kind of tasks and get anxious or upset. I’m awful for it I find it almost impossible to sit and focus on things like that and trying to can make me really panicky to the point I get angry and need to get away. I’ve draws filled with years worth of important paperwork just stuffed in that I couldn’t find what I’m looking for it I tried but at one stage when I was unable to work with spinal issues and lost my home and became severely anxious they offered help and I’d go in once a week they would go through my weeks post with me and sort it in to sections and gave me plastic wallets to put them in groups such as housing benefits, doctors appointments and medical, bank and finances, personal and one for forms that needed completing or letters about things I had to do so I didn’t forget to do them. They also helped with filling out some of my forms as something about doing them and it having to be in capitals or fit in the box just makes me so stressed and upset. It’s really something worth looking in to as it helps immensely knowing your on top of things

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