2. Who needs to take the test

Great Britain licence holders

You usually need to take the theory test before you can get your first full car or motorcycle driving licence.

There are 2 exceptions.

You don’t need to take the car theory test if you hold a B1 licence (3 or 4-wheeled light vehicle).

If you hold a full moped licence issued after 1 July 1996 following a test you don’t need to take the motorcycle theory test.

Adding new categories to your licence

You’ll need to take another theory test if you want a licence for a new category of vehicle.

For example, if you have a car licence and you want a motorcycle licence you’ll need to take the motorcycle theory test before taking the motorcycle practical test.

You won’t normally need to take a theory test if you want to upgrade within a vehicle category.

For example, if you have a full automatic car licence and you want a manual car licence you won’t have to take a theory test.

You must make sure you have the right licence. Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you’re not sure if you need to take a theory test.

DVSA theory test enquiries
PO BOX 381
M50 3UW

customercare@pearson.com
Telephone: 0300 200 1122 (English), 0300 200 1133 (Welsh)
Textphone: 0300 200 1166
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
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Non Great Britain licence holders

If you don’t have a Great Britain (GB) licence you might still be able to drive in GB without taking a driving test.

Find out if you can drive in GB with your non-GB licence.

You don’t need a driving licence for electric bikes, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs.

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