Before you are allowed to drive unsupervised you are required to pass two tests. The Theory / Hazard Perception Test and the Driving Test. However, even before you can take these tests you will need to obtain a Provisional Driving Licence. From 28th September 2009 the theory test will also incorporate case study questions and for those who have taken an accredited pre-driver training course they can optionally sit an Abridged Theory Test.
You can obtain a provisional driving licence application form from your local instructor, your local post office or by contacting the DVLA direct on 0870 240 0009. You can apply for your provisional car driving licence up to three months before your seventeenth birthday (however, it would not become valid until you were seventeen).
Although you can start your driving lessons as soon as your provisional driving licence becomes valid, you cannot book the driving test until you have passed the theory test. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is the govenment body responsible for conducting the theory, hazard perception and practical driving tests in the UK.The contents of the above web pages are the copyright of Teaching Driving Limited. All rights reserved. Unauthorised copying, hiring, lending, resale or public performance involving the contents of these web pages is strictly prohibited. Professional driving instructors should particularly note these restrictions. The viewer may only use the information for individual study purposes.