Before you start driving

Prior to taking the next step and beginning your driving lessons.

The minimum age in the UK to start driving lessons is 17. However, those that want to start driving should be in possession of a UK provisional license issued by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency).

Provisional license

The initial step is to acquire a provisional license. If a person wanted to begin their driving lessons as soon as they turned 17, it is possible to apply for a provisional license three months before that person’s 17th birthday. It will arrive before their birthday but will not be valid until that day.

If a person is entitled to mobility allowance, they can apply for their provisional license at the age of 16.


Another step to consider would be to take up some essential reading either during your driving lessons or before you begin them. The Highway Code is recommended, along with preparing for your hazard perception and driving theory to ensure you are well equipped with the right knowledge for your tests. There’s a variety of resources available on the internet.

Please visit the website if you would like to begin your driving lessons in the Hull area!


Driving licence changes

Updates and advice to motorists on abolition of the counterpart to the photocard driving licence.

From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points.

Please note, this does not affect photocard licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland.

What this means for you…

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80th anniversary of the driving test

80th anniversary of the driving test


The driving test marks 80 years of helping keep people safe on the road today (1 June 2015).


The compulsory driving test was introduced on 1 June 1935. Since then, it’s helped save thousands of lives.

To mark this milestone, we’ve put together:

  • an illustrated history of a driving test
  • a new video about how today’s driving test works
  • a list of the top 10 reasons people fail the driving test – and how to avoid them
  • stories about what passing the driving test meant to people

A limited edition of The Highway Code also goes on sale today. Celebrating 80 years of the driving test, it contains all the latest rules of the road, updated with recent legislative changes.

Find out more about the 80th anniversary of the driving test.