You can apply up to 3 months before your 17th birthday (16 if you are registered disabled). You can apply using the relevant form from the Post Office, or apply online.
As long as you have a valid UK provisional driving licence you can take lessons anytime from your 17th birthday.
On your first driving lesson you’ll need to bring both parts of your provisional driving licence and payment for the lesson (unless pre-paid). If you need to wear glasses/contact lenses, bring them too! The first lesson will usually be longer to allow you time to have a drive.
The length of each lesson may vary depending on what you have paid for and the type of training you require. Driving lessons can be 1 hour – 3 hours (or longer if you require an intensive driving course).
On average the DVSA (Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency) recommends around 45 hours with a qualified driving instructor, as well as additional private practice. However, this is an average, and there is no minimum or maximum amount. It will largely be dependent on your own aptitude and personal rate of learning ability.
If you need to cancel or change a driving lesson that’s already been booked, please contact your driving instructor.
If you have any more questions please fill in the contact form on the front page, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.