On your first driving lesson, your driving instructor will check both parts of your provisional license (photocard and counterpart), so make sure you take good care of these documents. You also will need to produce both parts in order to take your theory and practical driving tests.
You apply for a provisional licence by using a D1 application form which is available from most post offices in the UK , and the current fee (May 2008) is £50. You will need any of the following documents in order to complete your licence application form.
1. Current full passport
2. identity card issued by a member state of the European Community/European Economic Area (EC/EEC)*with the exception of Sweden.
3. travel documents issued by the Home Office
4. UK certificate of naturalisation
5. You can also use your birth certificate, but will need one of the following in addition:
6. Certified passport sized photograph.
If you have one of the newer digital UK passports, you an apply for your provisional licence online at the DSA Website.
Once you've received it and start driving either with an instructor or family/friend it is important that you abide by the law, and don't get points on your licence as points will drive up insurance premiums for you, and if you have more that 6 points on your provisional licence, you will have to take the driving test twice, as after the first pass, your licence will be revoked under the new driver act.
Points, Provisional licence and driving test
Driving age is still 17 and not changing
Take care of that provisional driving licence, and obey the laws while learning to drive.