Book your theory test

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

In England, you can choose whether or not to wear a face covering at your test.

In Scotland and Wales, 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 in Scotland or Wales

After you’ve booked your test online, you must email DVSA to 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.

Include ‘face covering exemption’ in the subject line. Add your name, driving licence number and theory test details to the email.

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

DVSA theory test enquiries
theorycustomerservices@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
Find out about call charges

Book a test online

You need your:

  • UK driving licence number
  • email address
  • 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 enquiries
theorycustomerservices@dvsa.gov.uk
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.

  1. Step 1 Check you're allowed to drive

    Most people can start learning to drive when they’re 17.

    1. Check what age you can drive
    2. Requirements for driving legally
    3. Driving eyesight rules
  2. Step 2 Get a provisional licence

  3. Step 3 Driving lessons and practice

  4. and Prepare for your theory test

  5. Step 4 Book and manage your theory test

  6. Step 5 Book and manage your driving test

  7. Step 6 When you pass

    You can start driving as soon as you pass your driving test.

    You must have an insurance policy that allows you to drive without supervision.

    1. Find out about Pass Plus training courses