Getting Started

Getting your provisional licence, being able to drive is a fantastic skill: it can give you the freedom to go where you want, when you want. Are you ready for the challenge of becoming a skilled driver?

Here's a quick checklist to see if you are eligible to learn to drive a car

  • You must be 17 years old or higher.
  • You must hold a provisional licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland.
  • You must be able to read a new-style number plate from 20 meters away (with glasses or contact lenses if you need them, as long as you always wear them when you're driving)
  • You must make sure any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insured.
  • Make sure you display L plates. You must display L plates on the front and rear of the vehicle where they can be clearly seen when you're driving (L or D plates in Wales).
  • You must be accompanied by a qualified driver who is over 21 and has held (still holds) a full car driving licence for at least three years ‐ we'd recommend you have most of your lessons with an approved driving instructor.