If you want to drive a car or motorbike you must have a valid UK driving licence, road tax and vehicle insurance.
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Legal Obligations of Drivers and Riders

Getting a UK Driving License

Before you get a full driving license, you will need to apply for a provisional licence, and then pass the theory and practical driving tests.

You will need to pay the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) at each stage of obtaining a driver’s license.

You are not legally permitted to start learning to drive until you have a provisional licence. Your first payment of £34.00 (if you pay online) or £43.00 (if you apply by post).

The cost of a theory test is £23.00. If you fail to pass your theory test, the fee is not refundable. If you fail and you want to re-take your test, you must pay again.

Your practical driving test will cost £62.00 (or £75.00 if you want to take it on either a weekend or bank holiday).
If you fail and you want to re-take your test, you must pay again.

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Learn to Drive a Car

Road Tax

Any vehicle registered in the UK must be taxed if it is being used and/or parked on a public road. The amount of tax you pay will depend on the type of vehicle you own.

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Vehicle Tax

Vehicle insurance

You must have motor insurance to drive on UK roads.

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Vehicle Insurance

Making sure your vehicle is safe to drive: MOT

Your vehicle must be checked every year by a qualified mechanic: this test is called an MOT.

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Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)


The driver of a vehicle and all passengers must wear a seatbelt.

Children under the age of 12 must use a baby or child seat that is big enough for them to sit comfortably in and is secured to a seat in the car with a seatbelt.

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Seat Belts Law

Last Updated: 29 June 2018

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