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 Driving Standards Agency (DSA) if you’re not sure if you need to take a theory test.
DSA theory test enquiries
PO BOX 381
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.