You need to be at least 17 years of age before you can obtain your car provisional licence
However, an exception to the rule is that if you receive Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate, you can obtain your licence when you're sixteen.
You must also be able to read, in good daylight, a vehicle number plate with letters 79.4mm (3.1in) high at a minimum distance 20.5 metres (about 67 feet).
If you need glasses (or contact lenses) to do this, then you will have to wear them while driving.
If in doubt, consult an optician to do an eyesight test (many offer free tests) before you drive.
To get your provisional, you will need to fill out an application form D1 (click here to apply online)which should be available at any Post Office, fill out the form and send it to the appropriate office, detailed on the form. You must also enclose passport type photographs as all provisional licences now issued are photo card licences.