Financial support to learn to drive | Support for care leavers | Medway Council

Financial support to learn to drive

You can get help with the costs of learning to drive from the age of 17.

Who can get funding

To get the funding you'll be assessed on your ability to learn how to drive safely such as being able to pass the theory and practical tests.

You'll also have to show that you have a history of looking for and staying in education, training or employment.

What costs the funding will cover

If funding is agreed, it will cover the costs of:

  • a provisional driving licence
  • up to 10 hours of driving lessons (if agreed with the service manager, additional lessons could be funded)
  • the theory test fee (and one retake if needed)
  • the driving test fee (and one retake if needed)
  • a full licence once you have passed the test.

Who will not be allowed to apply

You will not be able to apply for funding when learning to drive or continuing lessons if you:

  • have any driving-related convictions, charges or charges pending in the last 18 months
  • have any convictions, charges or charges pending related to violence, drugs or alcohol in the last six months
  • have been in custody in the last six months
  • behave in a way the driving instructor considers unacceptable.

Speak to your personal advisor to find out more about driving lessons.