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Northern Ireland - Apply for a Provisional Driving License

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Procedure[edit]

Provisional entitlement for car, motorcycle or moped

  1. Apply for a provisional driving licence by completing the DL1 application form. You can obtain a copy of the form at main Post Office branches or MOT test centres. (DL1 forms are not downloadable)
  2. Enclose original documentation confirming your identity, a passport style colour photograph and the fee of 62.50.
  3. Send your completed application and payment to:
    Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA)
    Driver Licensing
    Coleraine County Hall
    Castlerock Road
    Waterside
    Coleraine
    BT51 3TB
  4. You will receive a provisional licence consists of a green plastic photocard and a green and pink paper counterpart. Note: You will need to wait for your new licence to arrive before driving.


You may also submit your application at any one of the seven MOT test centres that provide a checking service. The test centres offering this service are situated in Armagh, Ballymena, Belfast , Downpatrick, Enniskillen, Londonderry (New Buildings) and Omagh or Coleraine County Hall.

Learning to Drive leaflet (PDF) - DOE website


Provisional entitlement for larger vehicles, buses or minibuses

For those who are currently holding a valid full licence and want to add provisional entitlement to drive large vehicles, minibuses or buses:

  1. Complete the DL1 application form and the medical report form DLM1. These are available from main Post Office branches or MOT test centres.
  2. Have the DLM1 form completed by a doctor and ensure that all the relevant questions are answered. The doctor will normally charge you for completing the report and those registered for VAT are also required to charge the current rate on top of their fee.
  3. You will also need to send a passport style colour photograph, your current driving licence and the fee of 20 (Payable upon application for your first provisional entitlement in category C, and your first provisional entitlement in category D.)
  4. Send your application to this address:
    DVA
    Driver Licensing
    Coleraine County Hall
    Castlerock Road
    Waterside
    Coleraine
    BT51 3TB


Following a change in driver licensing regulations, anyone who is under insulin control for their diabetes or has diabetes treated by tablets in the Sulphonylurea or Glinide class, may apply for or renew vocational entitlements to drive categories C1, C1E, D1, D1E, C, CE, D or DE.

For drivers with diabetes controlled by insulin, or other medications which carry a risk of inducing hypoglycaemia

If you are applying for a passenger-carrying vehicle entitlement (PCV), that is minibuses or buses, a Basic Disclosure Certificate is also required. For more info - Basic Disclosure Certificate


Return of supporting documents

The driving licence fee includes return of your supporting documents (where applicable) by second class post. If you would like your supporting documents returned by secure delivery, supply an appropriate pre-paid special delivery envelope.

Note: Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) will not provide compensation for any loss or delay resulting from the use of second class post.



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Required Documents[edit]

Proof of identity:

If you are going to provide identity documents, they must be originals. DVA won't accept photocopies or laminated certificates.

DVA prefers the following documentation as confirmation of your identity:

  • full valid current passport in your current name
  • UK or Republic of Ireland birth certificate

Do not send your passport if you are likely going to need it for travel purposes in the near future, DVA cannot guarantee return for a specific date or event.

In some instances DVA will accept:

  • certificate of registry of birth (provided your name is present on the certificate)
  • adoption certificate
  • ID card issued by a member state of the EEA (ID cards issued by the UK Passport Agency are not accepted by DVA as confirmation of your identity)
  • travel documents issued by the Home Office
  • certificate of naturalisation or registration (with supporting documentation)
  • proof of entitlement for the State Retirement Pension

If your name is now different from that shown on your birth certificate, you must also supply original documentary evidence to confirm your change of name - for example: marriage certificate, decree absolute or decree nisi papers, deed poll or statutory declaration. The evidence you provide must show a clear link between the name on your identity document and your current name.

If you have further questions regarding identity documents you need to supply, you can give DVA a ring:

  • phone: 0845 402 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm)


Return of supporting documents: It will normally take about 10 working days for DVA to return your documents. If you dont receive them within this time, contact DVA customer enquiries.

The driving licence fee includes return of your supporting documents (where applicable) by second class post. If you would like your supporting documents returned by secure delivery, supply an appropriate pre-paid special delivery envelope.

Notes:

  • DVA will not provide compensation for any loss or delay resulting from the use of second class post.
  • DVA can't guarantee to return your documents by a specified date, for example, a holiday.


Photographic criteria for your driving licence:

  • printed to a high quality, such as photos printed by a booth or studio (photographs printed at home are unlikely to be of a high enough quality)
  • taken within the last month, a true likeness of you and of your full head
  • coloured, not black and white, against a light grey or cream background
  • 45mm high x 35mm wide (however, please don't trim your photographs to meet this condition)
  • taken so that your eyes can be positioned in the area marked by the shaded band diagram
  • clear, in sharp focus, free from red eye and have no shadow in it
  • free of any reflection or glare from glasses (where possible, we recommend that you remove your glasses to avoid the possibility of rejection)
  • of you on your own
  • in good condition, not damaged, creased, torn or marked
  • You must:
    • face forward and look straight into the camera with your eyes open and nothing covering your face
    • look natural with no facial expressions, for example, smiling, grinning or frowning
    • have nothing covering your eyes, for example, hair or glasses frame
    • not wear sunglasses or tinted glasses
    • not wear a hat or cover your head unless for medical or religious reasons



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Driver & Vehicle Agency Northern Ireland (DVANI)

Address:
Driver Licensing Division
County Hall
Castlerock Road
Coleraine
BT51 3TB

Phone number:
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Enquiry Section: 0845 402 4000
Calling from abroad: +44 120 477 0768
Geographical number: 0120 477 0768

Email:
Driver Licence Enquiries: [email protected]
Testing Enquiries: [email protected]


Test Centres - Location

Website



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Fees[edit]

Provisional Driving License:

  • Provisional entitlement for car, motorcycle or moped: 62.50
  • Provisional entitlement for larger vehicles, buses or minibuses: 20 (Payable upon application for your first provisional entitlement in category C, and your first provisional entitlement in category D.)



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Processing Time[edit]

It may take DVA about three weeks (from the time your application was received) to deliver your new driving licence. It will take longer if your health or personal details have to be checked.

If your driving licence has not been delivered within four weeks you should contact DVA enquiries section: [email protected]

If you don't inform DVA within eight weeks that your licence has not arrived, you will have to apply for a duplicate licence and pay the relevant fee.



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Instructions[edit]

Apply for a provisional driving licence by completing the DL1 application form. If you already hold a valid full driving licence and want to add a higher category you must apply for provisional entitlement to this category.

Note: Be alert to unofficial websites offering online driver licensing. You cannot apply for a Northern Ireland driving licence online.



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Before you start learning how to drive you must first apply for a provisional driving licence.


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