How to apply for your provisional licence during lockdown

The Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) have started processing first provisional licence applications since June 1st. The application process was originally suspended on March 27th following the government’s decision to introduce measures to delay the spread of Covid-19.

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Before you book a theory test or get behind a wheel and start learning how to drive, you will need to have your provisional licence.

We know that learning to drive and filling out all the applications correctly can be overwhelming. To help, here’s a quick checklist of everything you’ll need for your application:

  1. The DL1 application from. You can pick this up from the main Post Office branches.
  2. Original documents as proof of your identity. For confirmation of identity the DVA prefers you send a valid passport, UK Biometric residence Permit or a UK or Republic of Ireland birth certificate. The DVA is unable to issue a driving licence until they have confirmed your identity.
  3. A colour, passport size photograph.
  4. The fee of £62.50. The DVA doesn’t accept cash. You’ll need to make cheques or postal orders payable to 'DVA’ with the exact amount.

Once you have all the above you’re almost good to go. Post the enclosed documents to the following address:

Driver & Vehicle Agency Driver Licensing Coleraine County Hall Castlerock Road Waterside Coleraine
BT51 3TB

When you have your provisional licence you’ll be able to book your theory test and start your lessons. It’s normal to feel nervous about getting behind the wheel for the first time.

Here are some tips to help you keep calm ahead of your first driving lesson:

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Brush up on your theory knowledge

Because of the lockdown, there may be some time between your theory test and your first driving lesson. Refresh your memory on all the rules before you start learning to drive. You’ll feel more relaxed if you’re confident about the road signs and the do’s and don’ts of driving a car.  

Book a lesson that is suitable for you

If you’re an early riser and prefer to work at the beginning of the day, get a good night’s sleep and book your lesson for the morning time. Likewise, if you take a while to wake up and focus better in the evening, book your lesson for the afternoon. You’ll feel out of your comfort zone when you first start driving on the roads, so it’s important that you feel awake, comfortable, and focussed.

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Don’t expect to be a natural

No one is an expert in anything after one lesson. Don’t panic if you make mistakes or forget to look at your rear-view mirror. Driving is difficult and making mistakes is part of the learning process. Ask questions when you’re unsure about what you should do or what a particular road sign means. Your instructor is there to help and you’ll improve with time.

We know that learning to drive can be an exciting and challenging time. With our cover, we’ll help you get on the road and you’ll have added peace of mind as you begin your journey on the roads. Find out more about our Young Driver Insurance.

DVA updates:

Unfortunately, the theory test centres remain closed. Driving tests are currently suspended until 22nd of June but you can follow the DVA’s latest updates on their service availability by visiting the Coronavirus (Covid 19) and motoring page.

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