You must be 17 years old and you will need a UK provisional driving licence before you can start lessons. Driving licences can be obtained from the Driver and Vehicle licensing Authority and can be ordered online.
What's involved in learning to drive?
You must pass two tests to get a full UK driving licence - a Theory test and a Practical Driving test. The Theory test is in two parts, with the first part containing 50 multiple choice questions covered in the Highway Code, some of which are now based on a case study scenario.
There is also a Hazard Perception element, consisting 14 video clips of driving scenarios during which you click the mouse when you identify a "hazard" developing. You must pass both parts of the test at the same time. The pass marks are 43 out of 50 for the questions and 44 out of 75 for the hazards.
The Theory test can be booked online at the official DSA website.
You cannot book a Practical test until you have passed the Theory test.
What are the requirements to start driving lessons ?
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What's involved in the Practical Test ?
At the start of the test you will be asked to sign a declaration that you have lived in the UK for 185 days in the last 12 months and that the test car is insured for you to drive it. You will then be asked to read a number plate from 20.5 metres.
Next you will be asked two "show me/tell me" questions. There are 19 possible questions and I will ensure that you are familiar with them and the correct answers before you take your test.
Then you are away on your drive, with your examiner, and that will take 35-40 minutes, taking in town driving and possibly driving on country roads and may include dual carriageway.