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Step By Step Guide To Obtaining A UK Driving Licence.

UK PROVISIONAL DRIVING LICENCE

Category A
As an expatriate if you are still within the twelve months (1 year) grace period of driving on your foreign licence in the UK, your driver training can commence immediately (Refer to Training Schedule) however you will still need to apply for your UK provisional licence in order to take part I and part II tests.

Category B
As an expatriate if you are over the twelve months (1 year) grace period of driving on your foreign licence in the UK, your licence becomes invalid in the UK, therefore your training cannot commence until you are in possession of a UK provisional licence.

Whichever category you fall within you will still need to apply for your UK Provisional Licence first. In order to do this you should take the following steps 1 - 10.

STEP 1
Complete form D1. These are included in the IDS Info pack.
 

STEP 2
Completed form D1 and all other necessary documents should be posted or delivered by hand to your local DVLA office. (Your application will take approximately 21 days to process) You can find your nearest DVLA office by visiting the DVLA web page.

STEP 3A
On receipt of your UK provisional driving licence you may now book your lessons and Part I of the DSA Theory Test. You may book Part I of the DSA Theory Test by calling the DSA's national number on 0300 200 1122 using your credit card or by submitting the form (!!!!!) in your IDS Info pack. You can find your nearest Theory Test Centre by visiting the DSA web page. The waiting period for your Theory Test date is between 1 - 2 weeks. Getting an earlier date can be arranged.

STEP 3B
If you are
still within the twelve months (1 year) grace period of driving on your foreign licence in the UK, your training can commence immediately. You may book Part I of the DSA Theory Test by calling the DSA's national number on 0300 200 1122 using your credit card or by submitting the form (!!!!!) in your IDS Info pack. You can find your nearest Theory Test Centre by visiting the DSA web page. The waiting period for your Theory Test date is between 1 - 2 weeks.

STEP 4
On receipt of your Theory Pass Certificate You may book Part II of the DSA Driving Test by calling the DSA's national number on 0300 200 1122 using your credit card or by submitting the form (!!!!!) in your IDS Info pack. You can find your nearest Driving Test Centre by visiting the DSA web page (Your instructor will advise you on the most suitable test centre and times to book) The waiting period for your test date is between 4 - 10 weeks. Getting an earlier date can be arranged.
 

STEP 5
Once your test date, time and test centre have been confirmed you will need to advise your instructor accordingly. Your instructor will then arrange for a minimum of a three hour booking for the day of your driving test.

STEP 6
Day of test. Items required will be the following: Foreign Valid Licence, UK Provisional Licence, Theory Pass Certificate, Appointment Card, Passport (may not be required. you will be advised accordingly), your car or school car for the day. (The test centre does not provide cars)

STEP 7
On completion of the test, which is up to 45 minutes approximately, the result will be given by the examiner at the end of the test.

STEP 8
PASSED

If you have passed, all documents will need to be forwarded to the DVLA and a full licence will be issued within two to three weeks. (we advise all documents to be copied before sending to DVLA)

FAILED
If you have failed, you may retake the road test after 10 days, but bookings can be made ASAP. Please refer back to Step 4.

 

GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!!


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