A DVLA provisional license is different from a full driving licence that drivers of motorized vehicles own. This type of licence is required when taking your first driving lesson or taking the hazard perception and theory test. Drivers with a provisional licence can only drive the roads of UK, excluding motorways, only when a licenced passenger over the age of 21 and is a holder of a full licence for at least three years is riding with them. Driving with a provisional licence by yourself will be subject to penalties and you can be apprehended by traffic police if found out that you are holding a provisional licence without a licensed passenger.
Qualifications and Requirements in Applying for a Provisional Licence
There are several things that make an applicant qualified to apply for a DVLA provisional license, and these are:
- Only UK residents can apply for a DVLA provisional license.
- Applicants must be at least 15 years and 9 months old upon application.
- A good eyesight is a must; applicants must be able to read a number plate made from September 2001 from 20 metres away (with contact lenses or eyeglasses, if necessary).
- Identification such as a valid UK passport, a BRP or biometric residence permit, a travel document, UK certificate of naturalisation and a European Union national identity card.
- A payment of £34 through debit or credit card. Accepted cards include Visa, MasterCard, Delta, Maestro or Electron.
- National Insurance number.
- Home addresses for the last three years.
For the UK passport, applicants can enter the 9 digit biometric passport number to apply online. When it comes to eyesight requirements, applicants can check this page for a list of medical conditions that can affect their eyesight, which in turn will affect their driving. Failure to divulge any eyesight problems may result in prosecution.
Keep These in Mind When Applying for a Provisional License
When applying for a DVLA provisional license, there are several things that should be taken into consideration. You can apply for one online using your Government Gateway ID.
You also agree that DVLA will check the personal data you supply to the website, including your National Insurance Number. The details that you will provide DVLA will be cross checked with the HM Revenue and Customs and Department for Work and Pensions, if applicable, for accuracy of the information. Make sure that you only apply for a DVLA provisional license for yourself, and not someone else. Once you have successfully applied for a licence online, DVLA will send you a confirmation thru email, and the licence card will arrive within a week upon submission of the application.
Online applications for a DVLA provisional license is thru this website. For those who do not have a Government Gateway ID upon application, you will get one as part of the licence application. For more information about applying for a provisional licence, go to site mentioned above to learn more about what you need to have to be able to be issued a provisional licence.
DVLA can be contacted several ways, if you have any concerns or enquiries with your online application. You can send an email to this link, call them at 0300 790 6801 from Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm or Saturdays at 8am to 2pm. If you wish to contact them thru mail, you can send your letter to this address:
Drivers Customer Services Correspondence Team DVLA Swansea SA6 7JL