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How soon can I book my practical driving test?

You can book your practical test as soon as you pass your theory test. It’s important not to book your test too early, though, as you will probably fail, costing you money and confidence. But also, don’t leave it too late as you’ll end up paying for more lessons than you need to.

It’s best to leave it up to your driving instructor who will tell you when is the most suitable time for you to book your test.

How much does the practical driving test cost?

The cheapest way you can book your practical test is directly through the official gov.uk website. It will cost you £62 for a weekday, or £75 for an evening, weekend or public holiday.

Where can I book my practical driving test?

The official website to book your practical driving test is gov.uk/book-driving-test.

What ID do I need to book my practical driving test?

To book your practical driving test, you will need the following:

  • Your UK provisional driver’s licence number
  • Name of the test centre you want to take the test at
  • Your theory test pass certificate number
  • Your driving instructor’s reference number to check they’re available
  • A debit or credit card to pay the test fee.
  • An email address, where you’ll receive your practical test booking details

1.6 million

A whopping 1,664,219 people took a practical driving test in the 2018/19 year.

Source DVSA, 2020

Where is my local driving test centre?

You can search for your most convenient practical driving test centre on the official gov.uk website: gov.uk/book-driving-test.

You should choose a driving test centre in an area that you’re familiar with to give yourself the best chance of passing.

https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test

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

You can book your test in the same way as above. However, you can find more information about the options available to you here.

Can I change the date of my practical driving test?

You can change the date of your practical test by visiting gov.uk/change-driving-test.

Note you can do this a maximum of six times, and you need to give three days’ notice to avoid being charged again.

Can I cancel my practical driving test?

To cancel your practical test, simply head to gov.uk/cancel-driving-test. Again, you’ll need to give three days’ notice if you want to get a refund.

Warning!

Taking the driving test can be stressful. So, if you can, book your test at your local driving test centre. Taking the test in an unfamiliar area could be risky if you don’t know the roads.

What happens if I can’t find my theory test certificate number?

When you pass your theory test, you’ll receive a theory test certificate with a theory test certificate number on it. You’ll need this number to book or change the time of your practical driving test.

If you can’t find it, you can quickly check your theory test certificate number here.

What happens if I lose my theory test certificate?

You will need your physical theory test certificate on the day of the practical driving test. If you lose it, you can request a replacement from the DVSA. Simply email or call them (customercare@pearson.com; 0300 200 1122) with your name, address, date of birth and driving licence number.

The 12-month rule

Bear in mind that, to book your practical driving test, you will need to have lived in the UK for at least 185 days in the twelve months before you take the test.

Booking your practical driving test by phone

If you like, you can also book your driving test by phone if you don’t have an email address, are having trouble booking online or have any other special requirements.

The DVSA booking support number is 0300 200 1122.

Booking your practical driving test in Northern Ireland

Residents of Northern Ireland will need to use a separate service for booking their practical driving test. This can be found here.

Applying for your practical driving test as a foreign national

You don’t need to be a UK national to take your practical test. You will simply need a UK provisional licence and to have passed your theory test in the UK.

Further help

If you need further support with booking your practical driving test, you should speak to the DVSA booking support team:

Email: customercare@pearson.com

Phone: 0300 200 1122 (Mon-Fri, 8am to 4pm)