- DVLA Driving Licence Application Contact Number: 0300 790 6801
- More information: https://www.gov.uk/contact-the-dvla/y/driving-licences-and-applications
To start driving in the UK, you need to secure a provisional driving licence first. The Driver and Licensing Agency (DVLA) is the one that handles the process, and you can directly go to their website to apply. You need to go through the DVLA driving licence application even if you are still a student who wants to learn how to drive. A licence is also required for driving a moped or motorcycle. You can apply three months before turning 16, if you will be riding a light quad bike or moped and three months before turning 17 if you will be driving a car.
Steps to Apply for Provisional Driving Licence
- Register. Go to this link. Log-on using your Government Gateway ID. Fill in the details required, making sure the data are true and correct. There will be no problem if you need to register if you are a new user, or re-register if you are an existing user for there are links to allow you to do so and apply for the licence. No need to worry about giving critical information because the website is secure and your data is protected. The agency just needs to verify your identity. You can have your photo and signature from your passport used for easier processing.
- For your application, you must answer a number of questions to confirm your eligibility to apply. They need to know about your eyesight and medical condition. It pays to answer honestly because this is for your safety. You also have to provide details about payment towards the end. Check all the information you entered before submitting the form. Once you are sure, click “pay” and the fee will be automatically debited from your account and your form submitted. Pay using your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Electron or Delta card.
- Confirm. You will be asked to read the confirmation details carefully. Take note of the reference number. You may also print the page for future reference. The reference number can be used to check the status of your DVLA driving licence application. Assuming everything is fine, you should get your licence in about 7 working days.
To be eligible for a provisional driving licence, you must meet the following requirements:
- You are a resident of Great Britain
- You meet the age and eyesight requirements
- You have a valid UK form of identity such as a UK passport
- You have a National Insurance number (if known)
Other Way to Get a Driving Licence
The step-by-step guide above is for online application, but you can also apply by post. However, applying by post may take about 3 weeks, which is longer compared to when you apply online. Fee is £43, but online application will only cost you £34. Here are the steps:
- Get the D1 application form. You can go to a post office near you to get it or order it online from the agency. Use this link to order the DVLA form.
- Complete the form and requirements. Aside from the form, submit original documents proving your identity, coloured passport photo and the fee worth £43. Do not send this in cash, just prepare a postal order or cheque payable to DVLA. Keep in mind that you have to send original documents.
- 3. Send the application, documents and payment. The address is DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD or DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AF if you are outside the UK.
Applying for your driving licence online requires you to provide personal data, which means you agree with the agency’s aim to verify your identity using your National Insurance number and other valid ID. DVLA will also confirm your information with the HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions. The provisional driving licence shall be converted to a full licence for free once you pass the practical driving test.
The driving licence should be renewed every ten years, but DVLA will remind you before it expires. You can check the status of your DVLA driving licence application online if it takes longer than the expected arrival. It is best to go to the UK government’s official website to apply for your licence to avoid being mislead by fraudulent sites. Wait for the licence before getting behind the wheel.