To be able to drive on the public roads you must
aged 17 or over
in possession of a Provisional Driving Licence
insured for the vehicle you are driving.
You must be able to read a car number plate from a
distance of 20.5 metres on the older style number plates (eg X123
ABC), or 20 metres on the new style (eg AB55 ABC). If you
need to wear glasses or contact lenses to do this, you must wear
them when driving.
All new licences issued are now of the Photo type, so you will
need two passport sized photographs when you apply. As it can
take a few weeks for your provisional licence to come through,
apply in good time, and be sure to send all the relevant
documentation with your application. You can obtain Driving
Licence application forms from your local Post Office or from our
office which we can post out to you.
If you are not yet 17, you may still be able to learn the basics
with Peppers School of Motoring at the off road
training circuit at Westpoint, Exeter (see
our 'Learn at 16' for more information on
By far the best way to learn is to have a course of lessons with
a Peppers School of Motoring professional Driving
Instructor. They will teach you the correct way as laid
down by the Driving Standards Agency syllabus, not only to pass
the test, but be a safe driver for life too. Learning with
parents or friends rarely results in being taught correctly and
thus leads to not passing your driving test as quickly as you
This doesn't mean however that you can’t practice.
Once you have started your lessons then you will be
encouraged by your instructor to get as much practice between
your lessons as possible, your instructor will advise you when he
thinks it is safe for you to do so. Whilst you are
driving as a learner, you must be accompanied by a person
who is over the age of 21 and has held a full licence for a
minimum of 3 years.
Before you can take a practical driving test, you must first
pass a Theory test (see our 'Theory test page').
Don’t worry it's not that difficult with the
proper training, and your Peppers Instructor will be able to help
you with books and literature.
So take the first steps now!
Apply for your Licence
and call Peppers now. Freephone 0800 026 9165