Provisional driving license:
Your provisional license is the license you need to apply for in order to be allowed to drive a moped, motorbike or car on the road (for lessons only, not by yourself).
A provisional license costs £34 to apply for (which you’ll need to pay for when you apply online)
To apply for your first provisional driving license head to the Government website here.
For this process, you will need to have your passport number ready and national insurance number.
If you’re unable to apply for a provisional license online you can either apply directly from the DVLA ordering service or head to the post office, both ways will require you filling out a D1 application.
Fun fact – You can actually apply for your provisional license at the age of 15 years and 9 months despite not being able to drive a car until 17, but you can drive a moped at 16 years old.
Renewing an existing driving license:
Driving license cards run out every 10 years.
It cost £14 to renew your driving license.
It should take a week to arrive if you apply online.
For this process you will need to have your passport number ready, national insurance number, and current driving license (the one that is about to run out as you will need to post this back to the DVLA).
If your name or title has changed, or if you have a 5-year bus or lorry license you will need to apply by post to renew your license by ordering a D1 form.
If you’re unable to apply to renew your driving license online you can either apply by post or head to the post office, both ways will require you to fill out a D1 application. For more information click here. Please note it’s more expensive, it costs £21.50 at the post office and £17 to apply by post. It also takes slightly longer too, about three weeks.