Rules for learner drivers
Before you start to drive, you must:
- hold a valid, provisional driving licence for Great Britain or Northern Ireland
- make sure that any vehicle you drive is roadworthy and properly taxed and insured
You must learn safe driving practice from the beginning of your driving career because bad habits are hard to break.
It is unlikely that anyone except an approved driving instructor (ADI) would have the experience, knowledge and training to teach you properly. Learning safe driving habits from the start will improve the safety of yourself and other road users.
If you want to drive at any other times then having lessons with a driving instructor in Devon, then the accompanying driver must have held and still be holding there full licence for 3 years, and be over the age of 21.
As a learner driver you must display 'L' plates at the front and back of your car, easy enough to be seen.
Minimum age you can take a test
You can take your theory test once your provisional licence becomes valid, this is a 2 part test, 1 part multiple choice and 1 part hazard perception.
Even though you can apply for your provisional licence 3 months before your 17th birthday, it wont be valid until the day of your 17th birthday, this means that until your 17th birthday, you cant take any lessons or do your theory test.
Disability living allowance
If you are receiving disability living allowance at the higher rate, you can obtain your provisional licence 3 months before your 16th birthday and start driving on/after your 16th birthday.