About driver licences


Stage 3 – full licence

Who can apply for a full licence?

You must be at least 18 years of age before you can apply for your full licence. If you have successfully completed an approved advanced driving skills course, this is reduced to 17 ½.

If you are under 25 years of age, you can apply if you hold a current restricted licence and you have held your restricted licence for:

  • at least 18 months or
  • at least 12 months if you have successfully completed an approved advanced driving skills course.

If you are 25 years of age or over, you can apply if you hold a current restricted licence and you have held your restricted licence for::

  • at least six months, or
  • at least three months if you have successfully completed an approved advanced driving skills course.

For information about approved courses in your area, contact the Transport Agency's driver licensing contact centre on 0800 822 422.

How do I apply for a full licence?

To get your full licence you need to pass the full licence practical driving test.

To book your full licence practical driving test you must either:

OR

  • book your full licence practical driving test over the phone or internet. For information and instructions on how to book over the phone or internet, see About the practical driving tests.

    If you choose this option, you must complete the application process at a driver licensing agent before your new licence can be issued.

    You should allow approximately 30 minutes to do this. Check the agent opening hours, as they may not be open 30 minutes before your test appointment. In that case you can complete the application process before the day of the test or after the test.

For more information about what the full licence practical driving test involves see The full licence practical driving test.

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Last updated: 26 February 2015