Frequently Asked Questions
Between 7am and 6pm, with sessions lasting between 2-4 hours. Weekend sessions are available on request.
To obtain your licence you will need to have a vocational licence medical examination which can be organised through your GP or any clinic that conducts this type of medical.
Applicants for a provisional licence must:
- Be at least 21 years of age (exception is for Class C1 licences at a vehicle weight between 3.5 and 7 tonnes for which the minimum age is 18 years).
- Be a full car licence holder
- Be in possession of the required medical certificate
- Have an acceptable driving record
We are able to make this application process easy for you, providing all necessary documentation for licensing and medicals (including a medical appointment).
If you hold the old style paper driving licence you will need to send form D2, enclosing also your passport or original birth certificate, along with your current driving licence.
A valid UK passport is the preferred method of identification. It means that you will not have to complete Section 5 to verify your photograph. It also ensures a speedy return of your provisional licence.
If you do not have a valid UK passport, you can still apply for a photo card licence but you will need to enclose your original birth certificate (a photocopy is not acceptable) and you will also need somebody who can countersign the back of your photograph. There is no additional fee for a photocard licence – these are now the only style of licence issued.
The theory test starts with a series of multiple choice questions after which you can take a short break of up to three minutes before talking the second element – Hazard Perception.
This section is intended to test your ability to recognise developing hazards on the road. Following an on-screen tutorial, preparing you for the test, a series of 14 short video clips are shown. The videos, using real road situations, are filmed as if you were the driver. Each clip lasts for about one minute and the DSA have around 200 film clips available, from which the computer will randomly select 14 for your test.
You are given just one chance to respond to the hazard perception videos, the same as you were actually on the road. The test is marked on a points system. Within the 14 clips, there will be ‘scorable hazards’ which are the developing hazards that you need to spot in order to score points. As soon as you spot one, click on your mouse button (left or right) to record the fact that you have spotted it. A flag will appear at the bottom of the screen to show that you have clicked the mouse.
The quicker you respond to each potential hazard, the higher your score for that hazard. However, if you click the mouse repeatedly rather than just when you spot a hazard, you will score zero for that clip.
The maximum possible number of points is 75. Initially the pass mark for LGV / PCV theory test candidates will be 50.