Learning to Drive in the United Kingdom

The regulations affecting teenage drivers in the United Kingdom...

The minimum age for driving a car in the UK is 17 years. Drivers must have a valid driving licence. The minimum ages for riding varying sizes of scooters or motor bikes vary, beginning at age 16 for mopeds.

Before learning to drive a car, moped or motorcycle a person must have a provisional driving licence. It is possible to apply for this using form D1 in person at a post office, by post via the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) or online. A provisional driving licence can be applied for up to three months before a person's 17th birthday.

Drivers of mopeds also have to get a provisional licence, for which they must be 16 or over. They then have to take compulsory basic training (CBT) before they are allowed to ride on the road with L-plates (or D-plates in Wales).

The CBT has five parts, which have to be taken in the right sequence:

  1. Introduction
  2. Practical on-site training
  3. Practical on-site riding
  4. Practical on-road training
  5. Practical on-road riding

Information on CBT can be found on the gov.uk website: Click here

To ride a motorbike a rider must be 17 or over.