The steps to getting your licence
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Before you can learn to drive, you must be 17 or older and have a provisional driving licence.
You can apply for the provisional licence by completing the DL1 application form that is available from main Post Office branches, Local Vehicle Licensing Offices or direct from the DVA by calling 08455 402 4000. When completed, it will need to be sent to
BT51 3TB along with the correct fee and acceptable forms of ID.
Further information can be found on the DVA site
The Theory Test is a computer based test that assesses the candidate for :
- Safety and your vehicle
- Safety margins
- Hazard awareness
- Vulnerable road users
- Other types of vehicles
- Vehicle handling
- Motorway rules
- Rules of the road
- Road and traffic signs
- Vehicle loading
The test is split into two parts. The first consists of a multiple choice question section. To pass this part you must answer 43 out of 50 questions correctly. The second part is the hazard perception test. The pass mark for this part of the test is 44 out of 75. Candidates must pass both parts of the test to obtain a test certificate.
More information can be found on the DVTANI website
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Sample theory questions
Once your driving has reached an suitable level, you will be wanting to get your driving test booked. The timescale for bookings can vary one month to the next depending on the number of other learners applying around the same time. You should not just go ahead and book the test before checking that a car will be available first!
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