How to Get a Provisional Licence & How Long It Takes ?

A provisional licence is the first step toward getting your official driving license in the UK. But how do you get a provisional licence, and how long will it take? In this blog post, we’ll break down the costs and steps involved in getting a provisional licence, as well as how long it takes to receive it.


What Is a Provisional Licence?

A provisional licence is an official document issued by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) that allows people to learn how to drive on public roads while being supervised by another driver who has held a full driving licence for at least 3 years.


Theory Test

To apply for a provisional driving licence, you must first pass your theory test. The theory test lasts approximately one hour and consists of two parts; multiple-choice questions and hazard perception. To pass the test, you need to answer at least 43 out of 50 multiple-choice questions correctly and score 44 out of 75 on the hazard perception part. Once you’ve passed your theory test, you can apply for your provisional driving licence.


How Much Does It Cost?

In the UK, it costs £34 for a provisional licence valid for 3 years or £43 for a 5-year one. You can pay online when applying or by cheque if applying through post. If your application is successful, you will be sent an acknowledgement letter within 4 weeks which confirms that your application has been received and processed successfully. Your actual plastic card will be delivered within 8 weeks after payment of fees.


If you want to learn how to drive in the UK, getting a valid provisional licence is essential! It's important to remember that there are some costs associated with getting a provisional license - including passing your theory test - so make sure you do your research before taking any steps towards learning how to drive! With that said, once all requirements have been met, it usually takes 8 weeks from submitting the application form until receiving your physical licence card in the post - so start planning ahead today! Good luck!