Upgrade an automatic car driving licence to a manual one

If your licence is only for automatic cars, you can upgrade it by passing a driving test in a manual car.

Learning to drive a manual car

You can start learning to drive a manual car at any time. You don’t need to apply for another provisional licence.

You must follow all the usual rules when you’re learning to drive in a manual car. This includes displaying L plates.

Book a driving test

You don’t need to take a theory test to upgrade your licence.

You have to book a driving test by phone with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). You can’t book it online.

You need:

DVSA driving test booking support
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
Find out about call charges

Taking the driving test

The driving test works in the same way for a manual car as it does an automatic.

You can continue driving an automatic car if you fail your driving test in a manual car.