Driving tests and Covid-19
Due to the lockdown, there is now a long waiting list for both Practical and Theory Tests.
Before you come for your driving test
It’s best to take a rapid lateral flow test before your driving test if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms
You must not go to your driving test if you or someone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms or you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
If you cannot go for your test because you’re self-isolating
Email DVSA if you cannot go for your test because you’re self-isolating. Use the subject title ‘COVID-19 short notice cancellation’.
Include 2 of the following in your email:
your driving licence number
your theory test pass certificate number
your driving test booking reference
DVSA customer services
When you come for your driving test
You must bring and wear a face covering when you come for your test, unless you have a good reason not to. Your test will be cancelled if you come without a face covering but you did not declare you could not wear one.
Arriving for your test
Do not arrive for your driving test more than 5 minutes before your appointment time. Some driving test centre waiting rooms are closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Your driving instructor or accompanying driver can check if the waiting room will be open before your test.
Toilets are available on request, even if the waiting room is closed.
Rules for the car you use
You must clean the inside of your car before your test. This means:
tidying any unnecessary items away from the dashboard, footwells, door pockets, cup holders and seats wiping down the dashboard and car controls
The car you use for your test must have at least one window open on each side throughout the test. Any combination of windows can be opened.
DVSA has introduced safety precautions. These include:
driving examiners wearing face coverings - they might also choose to wear gloves and use disposable seat covers, not allowing your driving instructor or supervising driver to sit in the back during your test
During your driving test
If you have a problem with your face covering during the test, your driving examiner will ask you to stop so you can adjust it. Your driving examiner will end the test early if it becomes a safety issue.
If you make a mistake You can carry on if you make a mistake during your driving test, if you make a serious or dangerous fault, which means you’ve failed, your driving examiner will direct you back to the driving test centre, where the test will end. This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.
At the end of your test
Your driving examiner will ask if you want your instructor to come over to listen to the feedback, but only if social distancing can be maintained.
If your theory test certificate expires
You need to have passed a theory test in the last 2 years to be able to take most types of driving tests.
Your theory test certificate will not be extended.
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.