2. What to take to your test
You must take:
- your UK driving licence
- your theory test pass certificate
- a car - most people use their driving instructor’s, but you can use your own car if it meets the rules
Your test will be cancelled and you won’t get your money back if you don’t take the right things with you.
Your driving licence
You need to apply for a replacement driving licence if you lose yours before your test. This could take up to 15 days to arrive.
Rearrange your test if you don’t get the new licence in enough time.
If you don’t have a photocard licence
Bring a valid passport and your paper licence.
If you have a licence from Northern Ireland
Bring the Northern Ireland photocard and paper counterpart.
If you’ve lost your theory test certificate
Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) with your name and driving licence number.
You’ll be sent a letter that you can take to your test instead of your pass certificate.
Taking someone with you
Your examiner will ask if you want someone to:
- sit in the back of the car during the test
- be with you for the result and feedback
This will usually be your driving instructor, but you can take a relative or friend. They can’t take any part in the test.
- be over 16
- follow the rules about observing tests
You can’t take a foreign language interpreter with you. You have to take the test in English or Welsh.
Check you're allowed to drive
Most people can start learning to drive when they’re 17.
Get a provisional driving licence
Driving lessons and practice
You need a provisional driving licence to take lessons or practice.
Prepare for your theory test
Book and manage your theory test
You need a provisional driving licence to book your theory test.
Book and manage your driving test
You must pass your theory test before you can book your driving test.
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.