In the UK, the earliest age you can drive a car on public roads is 17.
You can’t take your theory test or your practical driving test before your 17th birthday – although you can apply for your provisional driving licence up to 3 months before you are 17. This means you can make sure you have it on your 17th birthday!
Until you have a provisional drivers licence, you can’t drive on public roads – even if you are 17.
If you want to get a head start on your driving training, why not get hold of a copy of one or more of these books – published by the DSA:
- Highway Code – essential
- The Official DSA Theory Test for Car Drivers – a useful guide to the theory tests
- The Official DSA Guide to Driving – the essential skills