Learning to Drive - Frequently Asked Questions

Can I start learning before passing my theory test?

Absolutely! You can start learning to drive as soon as you receive your provisional licence. In fact, many learners often find the theory material easier to understand after a little real-world experience.

What do I need to start learning to drive?

Before you start your practical driving tuition, you must have a valid provisional driving licence. You can apply on the GOV.UK website. Alternatively, you can apply by post using form D1, available from many Post Office branches.

How long does it take to pass?

Everyone learns at a different pace, so it’s impossible to give a definitive answer. However, those who pass have had, on average, around 40-50 hours of professional instruction combined with around 20-30 hours of private practice.

What should I do if I lose my theory test certificate?

You will need your theory test certificate when you go to your practical test, so try to keep it safe! If you do lose it, contact the DVSA with your driving licence number. They'll send a letter that you can take to your test in place of the certificate.

What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is an additional short course of structured training intended to improve the essential skills of new drivers. It may also qualify you for cheaper insurance. For more information on Pass Plus, please see here.