Driving tests and Covid-19
Due to the lockdown, there is now a long waiting list for both Practical and Theory Tests.
DVSA has continued to test critical workers during the lockdown and driving lessons have continued for these workers.
The phased restart to testing:
4 July – driving and riding lessons and Compulsory Basic Training to restart (England only)
4 July – theory test restarts for all candidates – including Approved Driving Instructor part 1 tests (England only)
6 July – expanding critical worker driving tests to more applicants (Great Britain)
13 July – motorcycle and vocational tests start (England only
New candidates will be able to book driving tests once DVSA has carried out the tests reserved for critical workers and everyone with a suspended test has had the opportunity to choose a new time
and date. DVSA will announce when the system opens to book tests in due course.
DVSA is contacting anyone who has a scheduled test to let them know what will happen next. DVSA will then email them at a later date to invite them to book a test at a time and location that is convenient for them. Learners should talk to their instructors and arrange refresher lessons so they can practice the skills they need to prepare for their test.
Safety measures will be put in place to protect learners and examiners from COVID-19 and information on how to implement these measures will be published in due course.
With all the above in mind, please be aware that to date there has been no confirmation of any extension to theory tests that are due to expire over the next few months. We strongly recommend that if your theory test is due to expire within the next few months, you book another date before the expiry, DVSA will allow you to do this. If it is not required then you can ask for a refund. This will cut down your waiting time which could delay your practical test. Anybody who has not yet booked a theory test we would strongly recommend that you book one as soon as possible to get a date in the diary.
With the practical test, as mentioned above, the priorities will go to Key Workers and any tests that were cancelled during the lockdown. This means that anybody who had not booked a practical test may have a long wait until dates are available.
Although you can start your driving lessons as soon as you have obtained your Provisional Driving Licence, you cannot book the practical driving test until you have passed the Theory exam, the
exam is in two parts, Multiple Choice and Hazard Perception. We can offer help and advice on passing both the Multiple Choice and Hazard Perception Tests, and if required we can enrol you free of
charge with Theory Test Pro.
The DSA Theory test for car drivers is split into 2 parts. The multiple choice/response quiz and the hazard perception test.
Part 1 - The multiple choice/response quiz
The multiple choice / response quiz for car drivers consists of 50 questions. Associated with each question is a list of potential answers. You need to select the correct answer, or indeed answers, by touching the appropriate area of the computer screen. To pass you need to correctly answer 43 out of the 50 questions.
Part 2 - Hazard Perception Test
This part of the theory test will start with a short tutorial video played on the computer screen that will explain how the hazard perception test works and what you are required to do. You would then be shown 14 video clips of approximately one minute each. There will be 15 hazards to find - at least one on each clip. However, one clip will have 2 hazards. The clips will not contain any sound.
Practical Driving Test
The practical driving test will last approximately 40 minutes and will include a 20 minute independent drive following directions from a sat nav provided by the examiner.
The test will include one manoeuvre, the examiner will choose from:
a parallel park
reverse bay park
forward bay park with reverse out
park on the right reverse two car lengths
you may also be asked to perform an emergency stop. You will also be asked to perform a safety task while driving in the form of a 'show me' question.
The Marking Sheet
Faults are recorded by the examiner during the test and are recorded as minor or major driving faults.
Minor faults are recorded as driving faults and you are allowed up to 15 driving faults. More than three faults on any subject may result in a major fault been awarded.
Major driving faults are recorded as serious or dangerous, with just one major driving fault required to fail.
On The Day
On the day of the driving test your instructor will arrange to collect you from a location of your choice allowing plenty of time to reach the test centre. Please ensure you have all the relevant documents with you:
At The Driving Test Centre
At the DTC you may not enter the car park more than 10 minutes before your test time. On arrival at the test centre you will reverse with your instructor into a parking bay.
In the test centre take a seat in the waiting room and wait for an examiner to come and call your name, check your documents are in order and ask you to sign a declaration that the car is road worthy and insured for test purposes.
The examiner will then take you outside where they will ask you to identify your vehicle, perform an eyesight test by asking you to read a number plate from 20.3 metres, you will then be asked to answer a tell me question.