If you have never held a driving licence before you will need to apply for a provisional licence. You must complete a driving licence and photocard application form (D1) which is available at Post Office branches, Traffic Area Offices or the DVLA and send this off with the appropriate fee. At the bottom left corner of the application form (D1) you will find a space to attach a photograph of yourself. Make sure you follow the guidance for completing the forms, as if they are incorrectly completed the DVLA will return them to you.
If you do not wish to send your identity documents through the post, a premium service for checking photocard applications is available at selected post office branches. Your application can be checked for accuracy and completeness and your identity documents returned to you immediately. Your application can be checked for accuracy and completeness and your identity documents returned to you immediately. The Post Office charge a fee for this service which is in addition to the standard driving licence application fee.
The theory test now consists of two elements:
1. The first element is multiple choice consisting of 50 randomly selected multiple choice questions. This section is designed to test your understanding of the theory behind driving. You need to score at least 43 out of 50 to pass this section of the test.
2. The second element is the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) and is designed to test your awareness of potential hazards whilst driving. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there’ll be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. You need to score at least 44 out of 75 to pass this section of the test
You have to pass both elements at the same theory test appointment.
We can provide you with information and guidance in preparing for the theory test, with a recommended reading list, mock theory test papers and in car access to a laptop computer to practice for your Hazard Perception Test.
Booking your Theory or Practical tests online
When booking your theory and practical driving tests, only use the website www.gov.uk once on the site click on driving, transport and travel and follow the links to booking your theory or practical driving test