Driver Help

This section is designed to give you (The Driver) an insight into what is needed at each stage of your learning experience.

We have carefully selected the most important sections, we feel, that are imperative to your learning, feel free to browse through the categories at your own will.

If you feel that we have missed anything or there is a particular area that we haven’t covered and you think we should have, then please use the link below the education sections to let us know and we will do our best to include in the next section.


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Theory Test can be arranged at any UK centre and once the test is passed the certificate is valid for 2 years. It is permissible to drive before you have passed the Theory Test but until you have passed you have no entitlement to a Practical Test and will therefore be unable to book one. You cannot take your theory test until you are 17 years or older but you can arrange your test for your 17th birthday.

From 3 September 2007, the number of multiple choice questions in the theory test for car and motorcycle candidates was increased from 35 to 50.

This increase is designed to develop higher driving standards and maximize the test’s potential for road safety and other benefits. The maximum time allowed to complete the multiple choice questions part of the test is 57 minutes and candidates will need to achieve a pass mark of at least 43 correct responses out of 50.

The updated version of the theory test book and CD Rom are now available to purchase from retailers or by clicking on the official Bookstore button on the DSA website Alternatively ask your instructor who will be happy to provide you with the learning material you require.

All car and motorcycle candidates calling or going online to book theory tests which will fall either on or after 3 September were made aware of the increased length and cost of the test..


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When attending for your practical test you must produce certain documents and have an appropriately insured and licensed vehicle suitable for the test. Make sure you have these documents available when the examiner calls your name.

You must bring the following items with you. If you do not, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee.

  • An appropriately insured and licensed vehicle, displaying L- Plates (except for taxi and Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) part 2 tests), that is suitable for the purpose of the test
  • The appropriate theory test pass certificate (or confirmation) if you are not exempt
  • Your appointment letter
  • Both parts of your photo card licence. If you do not take both parts of your licence your test will not take place and you will lose your fee
  • If you have an old-style paper licence, you must take your signed driver licence and a valid passport – from 1 November 2005 no other form of photographic identification will be accepted

If you misplace your licence, you must apply for a replacement from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which could take up to 15 days. If this happens, you may have to rearrange your test.

Q. When Can I Apply for my Provisional driving licence?
A. You can apply for your Licence up to 3 Months before you turn 17

Q. How much is a Provisional Driving Licence?
A. The cost of a Provisional Driving Licence is currently £50.00

Q. How do I apply for my Provisional Driving Licence?
A. You can apply online here, alternatively you can visit your local post office to pick one up for free.

Q. Can I take lessons before my licence arrives?
A. You are not permitted to drive at all until your licence arrives.

Q. How long is a provisional licence valid for?
A. Driving entitlement for holders of both old style paper licences and newer photocard licences is to age 70.

Q. I come from overseas, do I need to apply for a provisional licence?
A. If you are the holder of an ordinary driving licence (car, moped, motorcycle entitlement) and provided your licence remains valid, you can drive any category of small vehicle shown on your licence for up to 12 months from the time you became resident.

Q. Do I need a Provisional Licence to sit my theory & Practical test?
A. Yes, you will be required to present this when taking your test.

Q. Can I accumulate points on my provisional licence?
A. You can accumulate points on your Provisional licence, if you have more than 6 points on your provisional licence, then your licence will be revoked under the new driver act!

Q. What do I do if I lose my provisional licence?
A. You will need to apply to the DVLA for a replacement document. If you had one of the newer digital photocard licenses, you don’t need to include any passport photos, the required application forms are available at most UK post offices.

Q. What do I do if I need to change details on my provisional licence?
A. You need to inform the DVLA immediately. You can do this online or via post.


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Test appointments are controlled by the Driving Standards Agency and the time it takes to pass the Theory and Practical tests depends on the current waiting lists. If your preferred test time is unavailable we will keep trying on your behalf until we get a suitable appointment.

You should allow as much time as possible when booking your test or intensive course, however, we can arrange courses at very short notice. Please contact us to discuss availability.

Need Any Further Help? Call us on 07866 373282 for advice.

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