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Our courses and licence requirements

Beginners course



Not driven before or had limited driving experience? Nervous about taking driving lessons? Our beginners courses are designed to build up your confidence and skills quickly and safely so you will soon be getting to grips with clutch control, gears and steering. Your experienced York driving instructor will have limitless patience and will explain things in a clear manner.

Part trained course



Driven before? Our York driving instructors will assess your driving and formulate a training plan around your current skills. Planning a module of driving lessons to brush up any weak areas before you take the practical test. Moved to the area or not progressing with your current driving school, keep failing? Our York driving school will be able to help you.

Intensive courses



Want to pass quickly? Our York Intensive Driving courses are designed to get you on the road in the shortest time possible. Ideally you will have already passed your theory test but if not we will help you with that too. Let us know what driving experience and timescale you have and one of our York driving instructors will plan an intensive course to suit your requirements.



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Below are details of the process involved in getting your driving licence. Should you have any queries then please call

From provisional to full licence, what you need to know

Your provisional licence



Before you can drive on a public road or take your theory test, you will need a valid Provisional Driving Licence. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) application form (Form D1) can be obtained from your local Post Office but you can also apply online from the official 'Gov UK' site.

Once you have your licence and are ready to start your lessons, you will need to provide proof that you have a valid licence.

Click here to visit .Gov site & see how to do this



You can apply for your provisional licence up to 3 months before your 17th Birthday but it will not be valid until you actually turn 17 so you will not be able to take lessons on a public road, or take your theory test until then.

You can apply for your first British provisional driving licence online if you:
  • Are a resident of Great Britain.
  • Meet the minimum age requirement.
  • Can meet the minimum eyesight requirement.
  • Are currently not prevented from driving for any reason.
  • Can pay by Mastercard, Visa, Maestro, Electron, Delta or Solo debit or credit card.
  • Have a valid UK passport or another form of identity.
  • Can provide addresses of where you have lived over the last three years.


As a photo is required for your licence the DVLA can use your passport photo if you have one. If you don't have one, or you want to use a different one, this will need to be sent to the DVLA separately.

You can find costs for all licence types here.

The Theory Test



You may already be taking lessons or even be ready to take your practical test but you can not apply for your practical test until you have passed the theory test.

The theory test is made up of two parts; a multiple choice questionnaire and a hazard perception video test. You will need to pass both parts to get your certificate.

Find your local theory test centre here.

Only once you have passed this can you apply to take your practical driving test.

Theory Test Multiple Choice Questions



The actual theory test questions are no longer published which means that those found in revision materials of any kind will give you an idea of the questions and answers to expect but will NOT be exactly the same as those you will face during the test itself.

This change was introduced to ensure you gain a better understanding of driving theory rather than simply memorising questions and answers.

Hazard perception



Before you start the hazard perception part of the test, you'll be shown a short video clip about how it works before being shown a series of video clips on a computer screen. The clips feature everyday road scenes and contain at least one developing hazard - but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.

A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction and what you need to do is identify these as early as possible to get as high a score as possible (max 5 per clip).

Book your theory test.

The Practical Test



Once your driving has reached a suitable level, you will want to get your driving test booked. The timescale for bookings can vary one month to the next depending on the number of other learners applying around the same time. You should not just go ahead and book the test before checking that a car will be available first!

During the 'independent driving' section of the test you will be asked to follow signs or maps to a particular location to see how well you deal with driving without direction from the examiner.

Book your practical test . Please note you should always check with your instructor before doing this yourself.

Go to the official Gov site for more information on the practical driving test and many other aspects involved in learning to drive.


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