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What do I need to do before I can begin learning to drive ?

Before you can start learning to drive, you must hold a Full U.K. Provisional Driving Licence.
To get this licence you must:
Be a U.K. resident, or have been living in the U.K. for at least 185 days
Be at least 17 years of age (16 if you are disabled)
Be able to see at least a distance of 21.5 meters.

If you hold a Full U.K. Digital Passport, then you can apply online for your licence at:

If you do not have the passport, simply collect the application form D1 from your Post Office.

Once you are in receipt of the card and paper counterpart, you can then contact your local driving school.


Here at The Edinburgh Driving School, we appreciate that it can be difficult to know which driving school to choose.
  Often there are many companies to choose from, so how do you pick the right one?
We suggest that you speak to friends or family, and ideally choose a driving school or instructor that comes highly recommended, but if you can’t do that,
then below are some top tips to help ensure you get the right one.

 Does the driving school operate to the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) code of practice?
 Are the instructors fully qualified DSA approved driving instructors (A.D.I.s)?
Will I get personalised lesson plans, (based on the DSA syllabus), and are they updated for each driving lesson?
Is my lesson time just for teaching?  (please don't pay traveling time)!
Are there block booking discounts available?
Will my instructor help me with Theory Test preparation?
Will my instructor give me a plan for private practice?  (because I can drive with other people between lessons)
Can I choose where I want to be collected from and dropped off to?
Will I use the car I'm learning in to sit my Practical Driving Test?

If the answer to all of the above questions is a resounding YES, then you have chosen a good driving school.  
Remember you should pay at the end of your first lesson, not up front.
Also your driving instructor should have been punctual, pleasant and professional,
making you feel comfortable and happy to continue with them.