The first step to gaining a full UK licence is to apply for a provisional licence. This can be done either online (which costs £34) or by posting off the hard copy form, which can be obtained from the Post Office, to the DVLA (which costs £43). In Great Britain, you have to be at least 15 years, nine months old to apply for a provisional licence but you can’t start taking lessons or attempt your theory test until you are at least 17.
Once you have applied to the DVLA, you will receive your provisional licence through the post. This currently comes in the form of a photocard and paper counterpart but from June 2015, learners will receive only the photocard as the counterpart is phased out.
To get your provisional driving licence you must meet the minimum age and eyesight requirements and live in Great Britain.
The photocard is only valid for 10 years, however. Most learners pass before the provisional expires. However, if you do leave a long gap in your lessons or don’t take lessons on your provisional, you will need to renew it after 10 years. You will get a reminder to renew from the DVLA. This again can either be done online (at a cost of £14) or by post (at a cost of £17).