Book your driving theory test for:

  • cars
  • motorcycles
  • lorries, buses and coaches, including the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) part 1a and 1b (theory) and part 2 (case studies)

This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

Wearing a face covering at your test

You must wear a face covering at your test. If you do not wear one, you must have a good reason, for example:

  • you have a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability
  • wearing it would cause you severe distress

Wearing glasses does not count as a good reason.

If you cannot wear a face covering

You must call to book your test and say why you cannot wear a face covering. If you do not, and you come to your test without a face covering, your test will be cancelled.

You may not be able to take your test at the test centre of your choice.

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

When you must not go to your test

You must stay at home (self-isolate) and not go to your test if:

Change your theory test appointment if you need to self-isolate on the day of your test.

You can do this free of charge anytime before the test.

If you recently entered the UK

If you’ve entered the UK in the last 14 days you must not go to your test, unless you:

If you live in Scotland there’s a different list of ‘travel corridor’ countries.

Find out about the rules for returning to the UK.

Book a test online

You need your:

  • UK driving licence number
  • email address - you have to book by phone if you do not have one
  • credit or debit card

Start now on the theory test booking service

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 theory or driving test.

Car and motorcycle tests cost £23.

Lorry and bus tests cost:

  • part 1a (multiple-choice questions) - £26
  • part 1b (hazard perception) - £11
  • part 2 (case studies) - £23

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

When you do not need a theory test

You do not need to take a theory test before you book a driving test to upgrade:

  • an automatic car licence to a manual car licence
  • from category A1 (small motorcycle) to category A2 (medium motorcycle) if you’ve had the licence for at least 2 years
  • from category C1 (medium vehicles) to category C (large vehicles) unless you got your C1 entitlement from passing a car driving test
  • from category D1 (minibus) to category D (bus)
  • any licence to be able to tow a trailer

You do not need to take a theory test before you book a:

Help with your booking

Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to get help booking your theory test.

DVSA theory test booking support
customercare@pearson.com
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
Find out about call charges

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