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When did I pass my driving test?

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You can find out when you passed your driving test on the back of your driving licence or online through the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). You can find more information on your driving licence and driving record here too. Here's what you need to know.

A driving licence with the date displaying when the driver passed their test

The date you passed your driving test in the UK should be on the back of your photocard driving licence, or you could find it online.

To find it on your photocard driving licence, look under column 10 on the back and you should find your driving licence date. You should see it formatted as DD.MM.YYYY. So if you passed your test on 8 April 2022, column 10 should show you 08.04.2022.

If you want to check your driving licence information online, you can access it through the DVLA driving licence service.

To get your driving licence information you need your:

  • Driving licence number
  • National Insurance number
  • The postcode on your driving licence

You can find out when you got your provisional licence under column 10 on the back of your photocard licence.

You might need this when you're getting a car insurance quote.

You can find when your provisional licence expires by looking a the front of your photocard licence at section 4b. Provisional licences last every 10 years until they need renewing.

Once you've passed your driving test, the DVLA should issue you your full licence within 3 weeks.

The DVLA allows you to check your driving licence information online.This includes:

  • Personal information – date of birth, gender (as it appears on your licence) and address
  • Your driving licence status (whether it’s a full licence or provisional)
  • Driving licence number and issue number
  • The date your driving licence is valid from and when it expires
  • The types of vehicle you’re allowed to drive
  • Any penalty points or disqualifications you may have picked up

If you've lost your driving licence and you’re a UK resident, you can apply for a replacement from the DVLA through the GOV.UK website. Residents of Northern Ireland should apply through NI Direct.

You need to complete the online application and pay £20 by credit or debit card. If you apply online, you should normally expect to get your replacement photocard driving licence through the post within a week.

You can also apply for a replacement licence through the post, writing to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AB, using the D1 application form. But this process might take longer than applying online.

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