Driving Lessons in Alnwick – Getting Started

Applying for your provisional driving licence

Before you can learn to drive you will need to obtain a provisional driving license. You can apply for this from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The application form (D1) can be obtained from your local post office. The earliest date your provisional licence can become valid is your 17th birthday, however you can apply for your provisional licence up to three months before your birthday.



It is recommended that you have professional driving instruction but you may wish to have extra practice in another vehicle, this may be done provided:

  • You are accompanied by someone who is at least 21 years of age and have held a full driving licence for at least three years
  • You display ‘L’ plates at the front and rear of the car
  • You have insurance cover which entitles you to drive the car

Learning to Drive and your Eyesight

Before learning to drive your instructor will check your eyesight, this will also be checked at the start of your driving test. It is therefore worthwhile having your eyes checked before taking your first driving lesson if you are in any doubt. If you already wear glasses or contact lenses, these must be worn whenever you are driving. The minimum requirement is that you must be able to read an old-style number plate in good daylight from a distance of 20.5 metres (that’s 67 feet, or about five car lengths). The distance for the new-style number plates introduced in September 2001 is 20 metres (66 feet).

Booking Driving Lessons

Driving lessons can be booked at any time either by calling us on 01665 60 20 85 or by filling out the contact form on our contact page. Please note that in order to start driving lessons you must be in possession of a Provisional Driving Licence.


Booking Your Driving Theory test

The driving theory test must be passed before you can take the practical exam and consists of a multiple choice test and hazard awareness test. To book your driving theory test call 0300 200 11 22 or book online (link below). The nearest driving theory test centre is Unit 7, Telford Court, Loansdean, Morpeth, NE61 2DB.


Booking Your Practical Driving Test

You must usually have passed your driving theory test before booking your practical driving test. We will arrange booking your practical exam when we feel you are ready to take the test.

What is Pass Plus?

Pass Plus is a practical training course that requires at least 6 hours additional driving tuition and is for drivers looking to improve their skills and drive more safely. You can take Pass Plus within the first year of passing your practical driving test.  The Pass Plus certificate could earn you substantial discount on your car insurance premium. As a Pass Plus registered approved driving instructor (ADI) this can be booked directly with John Macs Driving School.