Applying for your Tests & Licence

Learn to drive a car: step by step

For full details and further information please visit the DVSA website.

Step 1 - Check you're allowed to drive

Most people can start learning to drive when they’re 17.

You must do several things before you drive a car, these include getting a driving licence, registering, insuring and taxing your vehicle, and getting an MOT (if required).

You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres.

You must wear glasses or contact lenses every time you drive if you need them to meet the ‘standards of vision for driving’.

Step 2 - Get a provisional driving licence

Get your first provisional driving licence for a car from DVLA online.

Step 3 - Driving lessons and practice

You need a provisional driving licence to take lessons or practice.

You must be supervised when you’re learning to drive a car. This can be by a driving instructor or someone else who meets the rules, e.g. family or friends.

Find a driving instructor who is approved by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Mesh’s Driving School Instructors are Approved Driving Instructors (ADI’s), fully qualified, trained and have been checked and cleared by the Governments DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)

You can contact the DVSA to check if the driving instructor is qualified, you need their name and ADI number (if you have it).

DVSA customer support
adireg@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

Practice the 'show me, tell me' vehicle safety questions that driving examiners can ask in car driving tests.

Car 'show me, tell me' vehicle safety questions 

Prepare for your theory test

You can use books and software to revise for the theory test and take practice tests.

Multiple-choice questions

The multiple-choice questions in the theory test are based on 3 books:

Study these to learn the rules and skills you’ll be tested on. You can buy them from most high street and online bookshops.

Take a practice test

Take a practice theory test to check how much you’ve learnt.

The practice test only includes the multiple-choice questions - it doesn’t include the hazard perception part.

The questions aren’t used in the real test, but they are based on the same topics as the test.

Hazard perception test

To prepare for this test you can use the official guide to hazard perception.

You can buy the guide in these formats:

You can also buy it as an interactive DVD from most high street and online bookshops.

Step 4 - Book and manage your theory test

You need a provisional driving licence to book your theory test.

Before you start

You need your:

  • UK driving licence number
  • email address - you have to book by phone if you don’t have one
  • credit or debit card

A theory test costs £23.

You must give at least 3 clear working days’ notice to change (or cancel) your test or you’ll have to pay again. Sundays and public holidays don’t count as working days.

 

Step 5

Book and manage your driving test

You must pass your theory test before you can book your driving test.

Before you start

You need your:

  • UK driving licence number
  • credit or debit card
  • driving instructor’s personal reference number if you want to check they’re available

You can check for earlier appointments after you’ve booked. These are sometimes called ‘cancellation appointments’.

What to take to your test

You must take:

  • your UK driving licence
  • your theory test pass certificate
  • a car - most people use their driving instructor’s, but you can use your own car if it meets the rules

Your test will be cancelled and you won’t get your money back if you don’t take the right things with you.

Change your driving test appointment

Use the online service to:

  • find an earlier driving test (sometimes called a ‘cancellation appointment’)
  • move your driving test to a later date
  • change which test centre you take your test at

 

Check your driving test appointment details

Use the online service to check your driving test appointment details if you’ve lost or deleted your email confirmation. You can check the:

  • date and time of your driving test
  • address of the driving test centre

Help with your booking

Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to get help checking your appointment details.

Cancel your driving test

You must give at least 3 clear working days’ notice to get a full refund. Sundays and public holidays don’t count as working days.

Step 6 - When you pass

You can start driving as soon as you pass your driving test.

You must have an insurance policy that allows you to drive without supervision.

DVSA driving test booking support

customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

Mesh’s Driving School

Telephone: 07727044684 or 07548896681

E-mail:    hajarmesh@yahoo.co.uk or nicklovett@hotmail.co.uk