Information for Students

Applying for a licence

You can apply for a provisional driving licence 3 months before your 17th birthday by visiting https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence or by visiting your local post office and picking up a UK driving licence application form (D1).

Once you have applied for your license, give Varsity Driving School a call and we will book you in for your first lesson.

Your first lesson

On your first lesson you will need to bring:

  • Provisional licence
  • Any glasses you wear on a daily basis (you will need to be able to read a number plate from 20m in daylight and clear weather conditions – you will be asked to do this on your driving test)
  • Payment of £35 in Cash,Card,Bank transfer,Apple pay.

Theory test

Before you can take your driving test you need to pass your theory test.

The test consists of 50 multiple choice questions (the pass mark is 43/50 or higher) and a Hazard Perception Test where you will be shown 14 video clips of everyday hazards (the pass mark for this test is 44/75 or higher).

You must pass both sections to pass your theory test.

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When you are ready to take your theory test, you can find your nearest theory test centre and book online here; the cost of both tests is £23 when booked online or over the phone.

Driving Test

For your driving test you will need:

  • Your card licence
  • Your theory test certificate
  • Confirmation of your driving test booking (printed email, copy on phone/tablet, etc.)

Before you get in the car you will be asked to do an eye sight check test at a distance of 20 metres – this is the start of your driving test.

You will then be asked two questions about the car this is called “show me, tell me”.

Once these are complete, the practical driving portion of your test will begin. You are allowed no more than 15 driving faults on your test and the test lasts 35-40 minutes; at the end of the driving test you will be told if you have passed or failed.