Checklist – before you begin

What you need before you can learn to drive

Student checking list


Driving is an important life skill, and learning to drive is an exciting and challenging time. But before you start to learn to drive, here's a quick checklist of what you'll need.

  • You must be 17 years old.
  • You need to have a provisional licence.
  • You have to be able to read a car number plate from 20 metres away (with glasses or contact lenses if you need them).
  • The car you drive must be roadworthy, and properly taxed and insured.
  • When you're driving, your 'L' plates must be clearly visible on the front and back of the car.
  • You must be accompanied by a qualified driver who is over 21, and who has held a full driving licence for at least three years.

We recommend that you have most of your lessons with an approved driving instructor. But supplementing your lessons by practising with a friend or family member whom you trust will allow you to gain more experience and confidence.

If you know someone who could help you practise when you're learning, they might be interested in the AA's two-hour in-car course on how to support learner drivers.


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