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Change theory test date UK

Q. Can you change a theory test date?

A. Yes. The Gov.UK website allows you to make changes if a slot is available:

  • Change to an earlier theory test date.
  • Change theory test to a later date.
  • change the test centre to take the test.

Youll need to enter:

  • Booking reference number that was sent to the email address used when booking the test.
  • Driving licence number.

You must give three working days’ notice to avoid paying again.
Monday to Saturday count as working days but Sundays and public holidays do not.

How many times can I change my theory test?

You can reschedule the theory tests up to 10 times.

If you need to make more changes after that, you must cancel your appointment and rebook.

How to change theory test date NI

Northern Ireland has a separate process if you need to change the date for a theory test.

Who sorts out the Driving theory tests in the UK?

In England, Scotland and Wales, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on the GOV.UK website.

Northern Ireland is the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) on the NI DIRECT website.

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When can I book my theory?

You must have a provisional licence to book your theory test, and you need to be 17 years old to take it.

The exception is if you get Personal Independence Payment – the mobility component, then you may take your theory test at 16.

How much is a theory test?

The UK driving theory test cost £23.

How do I book my theory test?

Book the theory test online with GOV.UK website is the quickest, safest and cheapest way to get your theory test.

Locate a theory test centre near you

You can use your postcode to find your nearest driving theory test centres.

What info do I need to book my test?

You will need the following:

  • UK provisional driver’s licence number.
  • Name of the theory test centre you want to take the test.
  • A debit or credit card to pay the £23 test fee.
  • An email address, to receive your theory test booking details.

When you book your test, say if you have a reading difficulty, health condition or disability.

What if I have a reading difficulty, disability or health condition?

When you book your theory test, say if you have a reading difficulty, health condition or disability.

The 12-month rule

To book the theory test, you will need to have lived in the UK for at least 185 days in the twelve months before you take the test.

How can I get an earlier theory test date?

Once you have booked your theory test, you can check for earlier available appointments, also called cancellations

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How to book theory test online NI

Northern Ireland has its own process to book the theory test.

Residents of Northern Ireland need to use a different website and apply to nidirect for a theory test.

How much is a theory test NI?

The NI driving theory test cost £23.

Full info on how to apply NI

Click the button below to find out how to apply for your theory test NI.

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A total of 996,239 people took their theory test in the 2018/19 financial year.

Source: DVSA, 2020

Booking your theory test by phone UK

You can also book your driving theory test by phone because you don’t have an email address, have trouble booking online or have any other special requirements.

Theory test enquiry

When you contact DVSA, give your:

  • Name as it appears on your driving licence
  • Full address
  • Date of birth
  • Driving licence number
  • Theory test booking reference (if you’ve booked a test)

DVSA theory test enquiries

Telephone: 0300 200 1122

Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm

EU, EEA and other foreign nationals applying for a Theory Test UK

As a Non-UK resident, you can book a theory test once you have a provisional driving licence.

However, you must have lived in the UK for at least 185 days in the twelve months before the date you take your test.

Follow the information (above) to book your theory test online.

What happens if I lose my theory test confirmation email UK?

When you sign up for a theory test, you receive a confirmation email detailing the time of your test and the address of the test centre booked.

If you delete or lose the theory test confirmation email.

You can check the following:

  • Date and time of the theory test.
  • Address of the test centre.

You will need your UK driving licence number.

You won’t need to show the booking confirmation on the test day; this is just for your information.

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Can I cancel my theory test?

To cancel your driving theory test if you no longer need your appointment.

Head to the GOV.UK website to cancel your theory test.
You can cancel the theory test online. You will need your driving licence number.

You need to give at least three full working days’ notice to cancel your test, or you won’t receive a refund.

Cancel a theory test Northern Ireland

There’s a different service to cancel your theory test in Northern Ireland.


Don’t be fooled into paying for your theory test through a third party. There’s no benefit, and they could charge you up to three times the original price. Learning to drive is expensive enough already!

What happens on the day of the theory test?

Now that you have a test date, it’s time to study.

Sorry for the bad news but booking your theory test was the easy bit.

You can start to prepare yourself by popping over to see what happens in the theory test?

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