You would normally need to be aged 17 to hold a licence to drive a car (Category B) but if you receive the higher rate mobility component of DLA (Disability Living Allowance) or the enhanced rate mobility component of PIP (Personal Independence Payment) you may hold a licence from age 16. You can apply for your licence three months before your birthday.
Get a licence application form from any Post Office or line from www.direct.gov.uk/myprovisional
Your eyesight must meet the legal standard and you must declare this on the application form, you must also complete the health declaration; if you think that you have a medical condition that could affect your fitness to drive, get advice from your doctor or optician or visit the DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency) website www.gov.uk/driving-medical-conditions.
If you have declared a medical condition you may be asked to fill in a medical questionnaire, these can be downloaded from www.direct.gov.uk/driverhealth and enclosed with the licence application or alternatively the questionnaire will be sent to you by DVLA, if they consider it necessary, by post on receipt of the application form.
If you are applying to drive a car from age 16, you must tick the relevant box in section 1 of the application; you will subsequently be asked by DVLA to send proof of your DLA/PIP award.
You must not drive until you receive your licence as it will give details of what and when you can legally drive. If driving at age 16 check that the “from” date for Category B (car) on the rear of the plastic card does allow you to drive at 16.