We realise learning to drive can seem quite complicated, with all the forms you need to fill out and other stuff you have to remember. Don't worry - we've created this page to give you everything you need to know about getting hold of your provisional licence and starting your driving lessons, followed by the steps you then need to follow to apply for and ultimately pass your test. Applying for a provisional licence

Cheap driving lesson in saleApplying for a Provisional Licence

You must apply for a provisional driving licence before you can even get into a car and start learning to drive. To apply - You must complete the application form D1 available from either the 'Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) form ordering service', or from your local Post Office.  Alternatively you can now apply for a provisional licence online. Visit www.direct.gov.uk and follow the directions.  It takes about 4 weeks for your application to be processed and for your licence to be sent to you - so if you want to start learning to drive as soon as you hit 17, make sure you apply early!

Recommended Reading ( www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode )

The Highway Code is essential reading for everybody learning to drive.  It contains all of the rules and regulations that relate to driving in the UK. As a driver, it's your duty to know these rules - and remember if you don't abide by them, you'll be breaking the law and could end up being prosecuted.  This could lead to you losing your licence.

We recommend that you also read “Essential Skills”, a DSA publication.  This book is about the skills of driving a car and will help new drivers with their practical driving lessons.

Your Driving Theory Test

The theory test is made up of two parts;
A multiple choice section - the multiple choice section is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse.

A Hazard Perception test - the hazard perception test records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button. you'll watch a series of 14 one-minute video clips, each showing potential


hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or road users.  There are 15 hazards to identify and you can score up to 5 points on each one, depending on how quickly you identify them. You need to score 44 out of 75 to pass.

You'll need to pass both parts to successfully complete your theory test.  If you pass one part and fail the other, you'll fail the whole test, and will have to take both parts again.

You can book your Theory test through the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) website:  www.dsa.gov.uk or your Instructor can arrange this for you.  The standard cost of the Theory test is £31.  You’ll usually get your test date within two weeks of booking.

Once you've passed your theory test, your instructor will tell you when you are ready for your Practical test. Naturally, we want you to pass first time.


The Practical Driving Test

The Practical test is your chance to prove to an examiner you know what you’re doing behind the wheel – and that you’re safe and confident on the roads.

What’s the test like?
The test should be very straight forward if you’re well prepared.  It will last for approximately 40 minutes and will be conducted by a DSA examiner. They will tell you where to drive, what exercises to do and when.

What you’re tested on
The examiner will test your eyesight by asking you to read a number plate from a distance and before setting off, they will also ask you a couple of

questions about the car so you can prove you know it’s safe to drive. But mostly the test will be about showing you can drive competently and safely – and complete a series of manoeuvres.

About your test car
A test car has to be reliable and meet a series of legal requirements. When you take your test with Heald Green School Of Motoring all this is taken care of. But if you do decide to use your own car, you’ll have to make sure it’s roadworthy, with a full MOT certificate if it’s over three years old – and it must be fully insured. If your car doesn’t meet the standard, the test will be cancelled and you’ll lose your test fee. Find out more at www.dsa.gov.uk

The Cost
The Practical test for car drivers costs £62.00 during weekdays or £75.00 for Saturday and weekday evening tests.

Eyesight Requirements   Reg





At the start of the practical driving test, you're driving examiner will ask you to read the number plate on a parked vehicle. 

Distance requirement for the eyesight test are as follows:
Vehicles displaying the new-style number plate   ..................    20.0 metres
Vehicles displaying old-style number plates    .......................   20.5 metres

If you can't read the first number plate correctly, you'll be asked to read a second number plate.  If you can't read the second number plate correctly, you'll be allowed to walk forward until you are just over the appropriate distance away. If you still can't read the second number plate correctly, the examiner will measure the distance to a third number plate. This will be measured to the exact required distance depending on whether it is a new or old style number plate.

 If you can't read the third number plate

If the examiner is satisfied that you don't meet the required eyesight standard, you will fail the driving test, and the practical test will not continue.

This test failure will be marked on the driving test report form. Your interpretation of the number plate along with the correct one will be written on the back of the form along with the measured distance.

 Failing the eyesight test

If you fail the eyesight requirement:

The examiner will ask you to sign a form stating you were unable to comply with the eyesight requirements
The examiner will notify the DVLA that you did not meet the eyesight requirements
your licence will be revoked

You will need to re-apply for your licence.  Follow this link for further information