You can take your driving test in your own car rather than your driving instructor’s if it meets certain rules.
Your test will be cancelled and you’ll have to pay again if your car doesn’t meet the rules.
Rules about the car
Your car must:
- be taxed
- be insured for a driving test (check with your insurance company)
- be roadworthy and have a current MOT (if it’s over 3 years old)
- have no warning lights showing, eg the airbag warning light
- have no tyre damage and the legal tread depth on each tyre
- be smoke-free - this means you can’t smoke in it just before or during the test
- be able to reach at least 62mph and have an mph speedometer
- have 4 wheels and a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of no more than 3,500 kg
The MAM is the limit on how much the car can weigh when it’s loaded. It’ll be in the car’s handbook.
Things that must be fitted
The car must have:
- an extra interior rear-view mirror for the examiner
- L-plates (‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales) on the front and rear
- a passenger seatbelt for the examiner and a proper passenger head restraint (not a slip-on type)
Manual and automatic cars
You can take the test in a:
- manual car - these have 3 pedals
- automatic or semi-automatic car - these have 2 pedals
You’ll only be able to drive automatic or semi-automatic cars if you take your test in one.
You can take your test in a hire car if it’s fitted with dual controls and meets all the other rules.
You can use a car with:
- an electronic parking brake
- hill-start assist
Cars you can’t use
Some cars can’t be used in the test because they don’t give the examiner all-round vision.
You can’t use any of the following:
- BMW Mini convertible
- Ford KA convertible
- Toyota iQ
- VW Beetle convertible
Check with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) before you book your test if you want to use a:
- convertible car
- panel van
Cars with known safety faults
You can’t use one of the cars shown in the table unless you have proof that it’s safe. This is because these cars have been recalled for a safety reason.
You must bring the proof that it’s safe with you when you take your test.
|Model||Reason for recall||Vehicles affected||Recall issue date|
|Toyota Yaris||Potentially defective seat rail track and/or steering column mounting||Some models built between Jun 2005 and May 2010 (‘05’ to ‘10’ registration plates)||9 Apr 2014|
|Vauxhall Corsa, Corsavan and ADAM||Potential steering problem||Some models built from 6 Feb 2014||29 Sept 2014|
Proof you need to bring to your test
You must bring proof that says one of the following:
- the car was recalled and the recall work has been done
- the car was recalled but didn’t need any work to be done
- the car wasn’t part of the recall
The proof must be either:
- the recall letter or safety notice, stamped by the manufacturer or dealer
- on official or headed notepaper from the manufacturer or a dealer
Your test will be cancelled and you could lose your fee if you don’t bring the right proof.