Book your driving test

Book your practical driving test for:

  • cars
  • motorcycles
  • lorries, buses and coaches
  • approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 and 3 tests

This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

Book a test online

You’ll be put in a queue when you start booking your driving test - you’ll be told how long you’ll need to wait once you begin. This is faster than booking by phone because the phone lines are very busy at the moment.

You can book a test up to 24 weeks in the future. There is no waiting list or cancellation list.

This service is available from 6am to 11:40pm.

Start now

Before you start

You need your:

  • UK driving licence number
  • credit or debit card
  • driving instructor’s personal reference number if you want to check they’re available

You can check the cost of your driving test before you start.

You must have lived in England, Wales or Scotland for at least 185 days in the last 12 months before the day you take your test.

There’s a different service to book your driving test in Northern Ireland.

You can check for earlier appointments after you’ve booked. These are sometimes called ‘cancellation appointments’.

Book a test to upgrade your licence

You must call the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you need an ‘upgrade’ test, such as automatic to manual car, or medium-sized lorry to a large lorry.

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

When you do not need a theory test

You must usually have passed your theory test before booking.

You do not need a theory test to book a:

  • tractor test
  • test to upgrade from automatic to manual
  • test to progress through the motorcycle categories (progressive access)
  • lorry and trailer test, when you’ve got a lorry licence
  • bus and trailer test, when you’ve got a bus licence
  • lorry test, when you’ve got a medium lorry licence
  • bus test, when you’ve got a minibus licence

Help with your booking

Help accessing the online service

Find out what to do if you’re having problems accessing the online service, for example:

  • you get an ‘error 15’ message after selecting ‘Start now’
  • the service does not load after selecting ‘Start now’
  • you get a ‘search limit reached’ message

Get help booking your test

Contact DVSA to get help booking your test.

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

  1. Step 1 Check if you can become an instructor

  2. Step 2 Apply to become a driving instructor

    You must get a new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to start your application, even if you already have one.

    1. Get a DBS check £8.22

    You need to agree to the responsibilities set out in the 'ADI register guide' before you apply.

    1. Read about driving instructor responsibilities
    1. Start your application
  3. Step 3 Get a trainer

    Get a registered trainer to help you prepare for the 3 qualifying tests.

    1. Find driving instructor training courses
  4. Step 4 Take the theory test (ADI part 1)

    1. Revise and practise for your test
    2. What you need for your test
    3. Find a theory test centre
    4. Book your test £81

    Once you've passed the theory test, you must pass the other parts of the test within 2 years or you'll have to start the whole process again.

  5. Step 5 Take the driving ability test (ADI part 2)

  6. Step 6 Get practice teaching

    If you’ve passed ADI part 2 you have the option to apply for a 6 month trainee licence to get experience teaching students.

    1. Find out about trainee instructor licences
    2. Apply for a trainee instructor licence £140
  7. Step 7 Take the instructional ability test (ADI part 3)

  8. Step 8 Register and start working as an instructor

    Once you've passed the tests you must register within 12 months.

    1. Register for your first ADI certificate £300

    When you have your certificate you can start charging for lessons. You can either:

    You'll have at least one standards check every 4 years. You also need to renew your registration and get a new DBS check every 4 years.

    1. Find out about ADI standards checks
    2. Renew your registration £300
    3. Improve your skills as an instructor