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Getting a driving licence in the UK

Getting a driving licence in the UK

Driving in the lane of success

If you wish to obtain a driving licence in the United Kingdom, brace yourself for an adventure. Let us guide you through the process of acquiring that coveted permit.

While an Indian licence holder can enjoy their Indian driving licence for up to a year after entering the UK, a UK driving licence is a necessary step to legally drive on UK roads when you’re planning to stay longer.

  • Step 1: Apply for a provisional driving licence

    • This is your ticket to the world of four-wheeled adventures. First, hop onto the UK government's website and apply online or fill out a paper application form. To qualify, you need to be at least 15 years and 9 months old and meet the minimum eyesight requirements.
  • Step 2: Get ready for the theory test

    • You'll need to prove your mental agility in the theory test. In a nutshell, it includes a multiple-choice section and a hazard perception challenge. To conquer the multiple-choice section, read up on the UK Highway Code for all the road rules, signs and regulations. As for the hazard perception test, you’ll need to hone your skills of observation and anticipation. There’s a range of online resources and apps to help you practice this.
  • Step 3: Buckle up with driving lessons

    • It's time to hit the road with a qualified driving instructor by your side. You’ll embark on a journey that involves a minimum of 47 hours of driving lessons. Make sure to squeeze in at least 20 hours of practice outside of your lessons. So, get those lessons booked, rev up your motivation and let the adventure begin.
  • Step 4: Gear up with a practical driving test

    • It is time to put your driving skills to the test. You’ll have an examiner checking your driving and manoeuvring skills on public roads, as well as a demonstration of your mastery of safe driving practices. If you ace the test, you'll be handed a full driving licence.
  • Step 5: Maintain that prized driving licence

    • Once you’ve gotten that driving licence, your on-road adventures can begin. Just keep your eyes on the road, follow the rules and drive safely. More importantly, you will need to renew your licence every 10 years to keep the good times rolling. If there are any changes in your personal information, make sure to update it. 
    • As you bridge the cultural divide, some things invariably remain the same - like driving on the left side of the road. We wish you a happy learning journey and may your road be filled with friendly nods and unforgettable memories!

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