Getting a UK driver’s licence in Scotland

Our excellent public transport system means getting around Scotland is easy. Even so, you may eventually want your own wheels to explore.

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If you have a full and valid driving licence from an European Economic Area (EEA) country, you can exchange it for a UK driving licence.

If your full and valid driving licence is from another country outside the EEA, you can drive in Scotland and the rest of the UK for up to 12 months on this licence. However, if you plan to drive beyond this 12 month period, you’ll need to apply for a provisional licence and pass the theory and practical driving tests to continue driving in Scotland and the UK.

Learning to drive in Scotland

You must be at least 17 years to drive a car in the UK. For mopeds and motorcycles, the required age varies between 16 and 24, depending on the type of bike you wish to drive.

If you do not have a driver’s licence but want to learn to drive in Scotland, you must first apply for a provisional licence then pass the theory and practical driving tests. 

If you wish, you can take driving lessons from a professional instructor. You can take your test when you feel you are ready. There is not a set number of hours you have to practice driving before you can take your test.