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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers To Questions We Are Often Asked

Below you will find answers to some of the questions we are often asked by people who are considering learning to drive.

When can I book my first driving lesson?

You are usually able to learn to drive from your 17th birthday although if you are claiming higher rate disability allowance you will be able to take lessons from the age of 16.

How much does it cost to get your provisional driving licence?

DVLA currently charge £34 for your first provisional driving licence if you apply online, or £43 if you apply by post.

How do I apply for my provisional driving licence?

To apply for your provisional driving licence you have 2 options:

To apply online Click Here

Alternatively to apply by post you will need a D1 application form which you can get from the post office. This will need to be sent to the DVLA along with your payment, proof of identity, and 2 passport sized photos. Your completed D1 application form and payment should be sent to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD.

I have an old-style paper licence without a photo, can I still use it?

Provided it is still valid and in date you can still use it, but you will need to accompany it with a valid passport for your driving lessons and your test to prove your identity, if you turn up to test without the proper documentation you will be refused your test and may lose your fee.

How much do MDA charge for driving lessons?

Our lesson prices start at just £16.00 per full hour rising to £32.00 per full hour. (Motorway lessons cost £35.00 per hour)

Do MDA offer block bookings for lessons?

We Offer Block bookings in sets of 10. The total cost for this is £310

How long are block bookings valid for?

After receiving payment for a block booking we allow 6 Months from the date of your payment for the lessons in your block booking to be completed. Any lessons not taken within this time will be lost and cannot be refunded as they have been sold as a set.

What is your cancellation policy?

We try to be flexible and if lessons are cancelled with reasonable notice we will aim to get you booked back in for your next session as soon as possible. Unfortunately any driving lessons cancelled with less than 48 Hours notice will be charged at the full rate as we can't refill that particular slot at such short notice.

Will I drive on my first driving lesson?

Definitely! We are here to help you to learn to drive and not sit talking in a car for the first 3 hours. MDA guarantee that you will drive on your first driving lesson.

Do you have male and female instructors?

We have both male and female instructors who cover most of Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

Are all of your instructors fully qualified?

MDA only employ fully qualified and approved driving instructors as we feel you deserve the best chance of passing your test.

I wish to change driving schools and learn with MDA, What can you introductory offers can you give me?

We can offer your first 3 lessons for just £55 with a qualified instructor who will tailor your lessons to your current abilities.

How much does the theory driving test cost?

DSA currently charge £23.00 for a theory test appointment.(Correct as of March 2020).

How do I book my theory test?

You can book your theory test by phone, paper application, or online. To book it online please visit our external links page for a direct link to the booking form.

How many marks are required to pass the theory driving test?

To pass your theory test you must achieve at least 43 out of 50 on the multiple choice section and at least 44 out of 75 on the hazard perception test. Failing either of these parts will result in having to retake both parts of the theory test.

How much does the practical driving test cost?

DSA currently charge £62.00 for a weekday driving test and £75.00 for an out of hours driving test appointment.(Correct as of March 2020).

How do I book my practical driving test?

You can book your practical driving test by phone, paper application, or online. To book it online please visit our external links page for a direct link to the booking form.

How Many driving lessons will it take for me to pass my driving test?

The DSA currently state that the average 17 year old will require a minimum of 50 hours professional training, plus an additional 15 hours of private help. This totals 65 hours. However at MDA we find that the average pupil requires more like 35-40 hours of training without any additional help from friends or family members. The current pass rates stated by DSA at most test centre's are around 40% whereas MDA's pass rates far exceed these meaning you will be more likely to pass your test with us. Because of this we often end up costing our customers less than some of the 'cheaper' driving schools who provide sub standard tuition.


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