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At what age am I legally allowed to drive?

At what age am I legally allowed to drive?

The normal minimum age that you can hold a driving licence is 17, or 16 if you want to drive a moped.

If you receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) higher rate mobility you can learn to drive at 16. See ‘DLA explained.

If you are on the autism spectrum you may need to disclose a diagnosis when you apply for your licence.

How to I get a driving licence?

  • You can apply for a provisional licence on or after your 17th birthday. A provisional licence allows you to take your theory test and learn to drive with an accompanying driver in the car. The accompanying driver must be 21 or over and have held a full UK driving licence for at least three years.
  • To obtain a full UK driving licence, you must pass a theory test and a driving test.


To find out all you need to know about learning to drive, visit Directgov.

The Citizens Advice Bureau also had lots of useful information.

To find out if you need to disclose your condition, visit Directgov.

The NAS also has lots of advice about driving with autism.


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