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Who sorts out the Driving practical 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 practical driving test?

The practical driving test can be booked and taken with a valid (at age 17) provisional driving licence upon passing your theory test.

However, If you get Personal Independence Payment – the mobility component, you can get your provisional licence age 16 and take your theory and car driving test.

How much is a practical driving test?

The UK driving practical test cost £62 for weekdays and £75 for evenings and weekends.

How do I book my driving test?

Book a car driving test online with GOV.UK website is the quickest, safest and cheapest way to book a driving test.

Where is my local practical driving test centre?

You can use your postcode on the GOV.UK website to find your nearest driving test centres.

What info do I need when booking my car driving test?

Before you start, you will need the following:

  • UK provisional driver’s licence number.
  • Theory test certificate number.
  • Name of the driving test centre where you want to take the test.
  • Debit or credit card to pay the £62 test fee for weekdays or the £75 fee for evenings, weekends and public holidays.
  • Your driving instructor’s reference number if you want to check they’re available for your test date.
  • An email address to receive your practical driving test booking details.

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

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

You can find more information about the options available here.

The 12-month rule

To book a driving test must have lived in the UK for at least 185 days in the twelve months before you take the test.

How far in advance can I book my car driving test?

For the practical driving test, you can book up to 24 weeks in advance.

How can I get an earlier driving test date?

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

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How to book practical driving test NI (Northern Ireland)

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

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

How much is a practical driving test NI?

The NI driving practical test cost £45.50 for weekdays and £62.50 for evenings and weekends.

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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1.6 million

A whopping 1,664,219 people took a practical driving test during 2018/2019

Source DVSA, 2020

Can I book the practical driving test by phone UK?

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

Driving test enquiry
When you contact DVSA, give your:

  • Name as on your driving licence.
  • Full address
  • Date of birth
  • Driving licence number
  • Theory test certificate number.

Contact DVSA to get help booking your test
DVSA driving test booking support
customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 200 1122

Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

EU, EEA and other foreign nationals applying for a practical driving test UK

As a Non-UK resident, you can book a practical driving test once you have passed the theory test.

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.

Do you need your theory test pass certificate number UK!

GOV.UK state:

If you’re booking your driving test – You usually do not need your theory test pass certificate number. Only contact DVSA if you’re asked for it and cannot find it.

If your taking the practical driving test – take your your theory test pass certificate, if you have it.

However you do not need a replacement theory test certificate to take to your car driving test. Your driving examiner will check that you’ve passed your theory test before your driving test starts.

We hope this make things perfectly clear!

Additional contact
DVSA theory test enquiries
theorycustomerservices@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

Can I cancel my practical driving test UK?

Yes. You can cancel your driving test if you no longer need your appointment.

You can cancel the driving 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 practical test Northern Ireland

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

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.

Change practical test date UK

Do you need to change your driving test appointment?

The Gov.UK website allows you to make changes. If a slot is available, you can:

  • Change to an earlier driving test date.
  • Move your test to a later date.
  • Change to a different test centre to take the practical test.

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

How many times can you change your driving test date?

You can reschedule your practical test a maximum of 10 times.

If you need further changes after that, you must cancel your appointment and rebook.

How to change practical test date NI

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

Find out what the driving test includes

Now that you have booked a driving test date, you can seriously start thinking about the big day.

You can check out how the driving test works.

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)