Before you start to drive, you must:
Hold a valid, provisional driving licence for Great Britain
Make sure that any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insured
It is important to learn safe driving practice from the beginning of your driving career because bad habits are hard to break. Experience has shown that learners who have a combination of professional training and private practice perform better during the driving test. Get together with your instructor and the person who will be helping you to practice and discuss what you need to focus on.
Safe driving habits
Learning safe driving habits from the start will improve your safety and that of other road users. If you want to practise your driving with an accompanying driver, the accompanying driver must be over the age of 21 and, must hold a full licence in the relevant vehicle category for at least three years.
As a learner driver you must display ‘L’ plates in a conspicuous position on the front and rear of your vehicle. These plates should be removed when the vehicle is not being driven by a learner.
Minimum age you can take a test
You can take your theory test once your provisional licence becomes valid. Normally, for car drivers, the earliest date your provisional licence can become valid is your 17th birthday. However you can apply for the licence up to three months before your 17th birthday.
So, if you apply for your provisional licence before you are 17, you will still have to wait until your 17th birthday before you can book your theory test.
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