Driving with a special educational need or disability
If you have SEN and/or a disability, there is a range of support and equipment available to help you:
learn to drive
Your ability to drive could depend on the type and extent of your needs. The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will decide whether you can learn to drive.
How can I find out if I'm able to drive?
You must give details of your SEN and/or disability to the DVLA:
The DVLA will then decide if you:
need to get a new driving licence
can have a shorter licence which is reviewed at the end of the licence period
can drive but using a specialist vehicle or with adaptations to your car
are unable to drive/must give up your licence
You may have to have an examination or take an assessment before they make the final decision.
Find out more about the conditions for driving with SEN and/or a disability.
When can I apply for a driving licence and start driving lessons?
You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you are 15 and 9 months old. You can start learning to drive when you are 17 years old.
You can learn with a driving instructor and another adult. They must be over 21 years with at least 3 years driving experience.
Once you have passed your test you will be sent a full driving licence.
Visit GOV for information on learning to drive.