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How old do you have to be to get a drivers license in the UK?

In America you have to be 14 to get a license permit, and 16 to get a full license. I was just wondering. Is it different?

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Getting a driver's licence in the UK is much harder than in the US. The roads are more complex there, there's a lot more to learn, and they expect you to have a good understanding and excellent control of your vehicle. Most cars are stick shift, and you will need to pass your test on a stick shift, I think, or be limited to automatics.

The good thing is that the standard of driving is much higher than here. Drivers cooperate more, although of course there are still many altercations! It's a lot more fun driving in England, navigating country roads and city centre traffic - although it gets frustrating at times - there are many more cars per mile of road than here.

To get a provisional license to drive a car, you have to be 17 years old. 16 to ride a moped or motor bike.

Provisional license requires you to have a licensed adult with you while you're driving. You can take your driving test any time after that, I believe...

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