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    Provisional Driving Licence HELP

    Hi there. I hold a foreign passport and I was wondering how I can get a provisional driving licence. I have been advised by the post office that they do NOT do premium photo checks on foreign (non EC) passports and DVLA locaal offices only do premium checking service for full UK driving licence (whereas I am looking for a provisional one). Does that mean that I can only send those by post?

    Thanks in Advance!

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    I always thought all the checks were done on the provisional licences (as you dont have to send anything off to get it upgraded when you pass), so i would think they would do the checks :S...thats only my thoughts tho...could and probabily are wrong....seems odd that you only want a provisional with no intention to pass your test tho

    you need to get a form from the postal office, and swap your license for a uk full, its all on the form

    Hi Siliconbits. My wife is Russian and we just applied for her UK provisional 2 weeks ago. She has Russian full licence, but as you know this only lasts for 1 year in the UK then must apply for a provisional and take UK test. Anyway, it is a Form D1 that you need. Yes, you need to send off to DVLA Swansea (address is on the form) together with proof of identity. For non-UK passport holders, I had to send her Russian passport (which also had UK visa in it); and as it was in her maiden name I also had to send off the marriage certificate. You must send the originals (they return them ahead of sending you the provisional licence). Best to send them Special Delivery (with another stamp addressed envelope, again with Special Delivery paid for) in the same envelope so they can return everything to you. I think that the licence cost £50? It arrived about a week later. Dont forget to include the passport type photograph (in colour). Hope this helps.

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    I always thought all the checks were done on the provisional licences (as … I always thought all the checks were done on the provisional licences (as you dont have to send anything off to get it upgraded when you pass), so i would think they would do the checks :S...thats only my thoughts tho...could and probabily are wrong....seems odd that you only want a provisional with no intention to pass your test tho



    Have yet to start the test... Mind you, having a provisional licence is a much better proof of identity than having to carry your passport around...
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