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

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

What costs the funding will cover

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

  • a provisional driving licence
  • up to 10 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 the test has been passed

Who won't be allowed to apply

Young people will not be able to apply for funding when learning to drive or continuing their lessons if they:

  • 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 6 months
  • have been in custody in the last 6 months
  • behave in a way the driving instructor considers unacceptable