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What do I need before I start driving?

You must have a provisional driving licence. You will need to complete a driving licence application form ‘D1’ and a photo card application form ‘D750’ (available at most post offices). Please feel free to ask if you would like help filling in the forms.

How old do I need to be to drive in the UK?

The minimum age at which you can legally drive a car on a public road is 17. If you are disabled and in receipt of a mobility allowance the minimum age is 16.

How often should I have driving lessons?

Pass Code recommends that you have at least 1-2 hours every week with a DSA  Approved Driving Instructor.

How many driving lessons will I need?

One of the most common questions, and one which is often difficult to answer! Everyone is different, and different people pick up different skills at different paces. Pass Code  will keep track of your progress after each lesson, and can give you an indication of your overall driving standard.

Do I need to pass my theory test before I start learning to drive?

No. It is actually a good idea to learn the theory whilst you are learning to drive as it will help with your road sense, and taking the theory test, which has to be taken before your practical test. You can practise your theory test online.

Where do I take my theory test?

The local test centre is Chatham Theory Test Centre14-16 High Street

Chatham Kent ME4 4EP The current fee is £25

I’m really nervous about learning to drive on main roads, are there any alternatives?

Yes, Pass Code do a 3 hour beginner course specially designed to give you plenty of time and confidence to control the car before going on to main roads. We will always make sure you are confident before meeting other traffic, it doesn’t matter how long it takes.

Friends have said that their driving instructors shout at them, does this ever happen?

Absolutely not! It is one of the guarantees of Pass Code. Being shouted at is not an enjoyable way to learn and it certainly makes no improvement to the way you drive!

How long does the practical test last?

The practical test lasts approximately 40 minutes. The test now includes a ‘show and tell’ safety question element which you will be shown during your driving lessons. The current fee for the practical test is £62 (£74 for evenings after 4.30pm or weekends).

When I have passed my test, do you provide any further training?

Yes!  Pass Code offers a Pass Plus course, motorway lessons and refresher lessons.


 Theory / Hazard Perception & Practical Tests

To gain your full Driving Licence, you will need to pass the Theory test, Hazard Perception Test and the Practical Driving Test

The Theory Test is made up of 50 multiple choice questions. You must answer a minimum of 43 to pass.

The Theory Test is available in different languages other than English:

Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Mirpuri, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Pushto, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh

The Theory Test can be delivered in British sign language by an on screen signer for candidates who are deaf or have other hearing difficulties

The Hazard Perception Test is made up of 14 clips, of which 13 clips have 1 scoring hazard and 1 clip has 2 scoring hazards. Each hazard has a maximum score of 5 points (75 in total). You must score a minimum of 44 points to pass.

Theory / Hazard Perception & Practical Tests

You must pass the Theory & Hazard Perception Tests at the same time.

Theory & Hazard Perception Fee: £25.00  

Click Here To Book Your Theory Test

The Practical Test is to ensure you can drive safely and to check your knowledge of the Highway Code, by the way you apply it to your driving. 

You must be able to read a number plate at 20.5 metres (67 feet).

At the start of the test you will be asked 2 Show me/Tell me questions about your car.

You are allowed a maximum of 15 driving faults, but NO serious or dangerous faults.

Click Here To Book Your Practical Test

Practical Test Fee:       Weekday: £62.00       Weekend: £75.00

Pass Plus

Pass Plus is a road safety initiative aimed at improving the skills of novice drivers.

Pass Plus consists of six modules

Town Driving

Driving in town can be daunting: Rush hour traffic, complicated junctions and traffic systems. Enhance your skills to deal with all these and more.

All Weather Driving

Rain, fog, bright sunshine, snow and ice: Find out how to deal safely in all the different weather conditions you’ll face on the road.

Driving Out Of Town

Country roads can harbour all kinds of hazards, from sharp bends and potholes, to farm vehicles and animals on the road.

Night Driving

Dealing with dazzle, judging distance and speed, using your lights correctly: These are just some of the areas covered.

Driving On Dual Carriageways

To drive safely on fast, multi lane roads, you’ll need all your skills of observation, concentration, anticipation and lane discipline.

Driving On Motorways

Motorways are like no other roads: Learn how to drive on them safely and correctly under expert supervision.

At the end of the Pass Plus course there is no test. You have to reach the required standard in each Pass Plus module.

Some Insurance companies offer a discount to drivers who have successfully completed a Pass Plus course. Ask your Driving Instructor for Details.

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