Frequently Asked Questions
What do most people fail on test? (Most common question, first)
That’s easy. INEXPERIENCE. A lot of people go for their test when they really aren’t ready. Whether it is with an instructor, or out with family or friends, building up your experience will give you the highest chance of passing your test.
Which licence do I need to start?
Before you can take to the road, you must have received from the Driving Vehicle Licence Agency (DVLA) a valid licence. If you are applying for your first licence, you will need to complete application forms D1 and D750. These are available form any Post Office. Should you require any help in filling these out, the leaflet D100 gives you more information.
The DVLA now only issue photo card licences so whether you are applying for you first licence, renewing or exchanging your old one, don't forget to send the best passport size photo of yourself!
How long will it take to get my licence?
You should receive your licence within 3 weeks. There are two parts to the licence- a photo card "Identity Details" only part, and its paper counterpart showing endorsements and entitlements. These are valid until your are 70.
I will be taking my motorbike test, soon. Will I need to exchange my licence?
Whether or not you have passed your motorbike test, your first licence, will automatically entitle you to drive cars (accompanied of course). Take care though that this is a motorbike test and not a moped test! If you have been riding a moped, it may be worthwhile checking your entitlements.
My sister says I will never be able to drive as I wear glasses?
As long as you can read a number plate (with or without glasses or corrective lenses) from 67 feet /20.5 meters, your are quite within your rights of driving a car.
Can I start driving before taking my practical test?
You can start to learn to drive before passing your Theory Test (see Theory Test) but you cannot apply for your Practical Test until you have a valid Theory Test certificate.
My mate says I can be on the road at 16 years old. Is this true?
Yes you can start to drive a car at 16, but only if you are in receipt of the higher rate of disability living allowance. If not, then it is 17 years of age. Of course you can still be on the road at 16 if you want to ride a moped.
Will I need only 15 or 20 lesson as my dad says it will be the same amount as he took?
The number of lesson is completely dependant on the individual's ability. No two people are alike and everyone learns at different rates. Take your time to learn and avoid adding extra pressure. Remember your dad has a lot of driving experience that has changed with the times. I am sure he will agree that driving on the road today is different than when he first took his test. Again, you can get the official number of lessons needed, available on the DirectGov website at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/LearnerAndNewDrivers/index.htm.
How much will it cost me to pass my test?
As above, this will depend on your ability. Freedom on the road is an enjoyable pleasure that does come at a price. At present the cost of your Theory Test is £25.00 and the practical test is £62.00. Before that you have the lesson price, which is given in contact/prices*.
Once you have grasped the fundamentals, some people gain extra experience by practicing with a friend or relative accompanying them. Make sure that they are legally allowed - seek professional advice in this.
*Prices correct at time of going on-line.