Driving tests and instructor statistics

Statistics and data about the number of theory tests and driving tests taken in Great Britain, pass rates, and the number of instructors.

Department for Transport produces information on the number of driving and riding theory and practical tests undertaken in Great Britain, and also statistics on driving instructors.

The department are proposing to reduce the release schedule for this publication from quarterly to annual, with the accompanying set of data tables still being updated on a quarterly basis. If you wish to comment on this proposal, please contact us.

See this index for a complete list of related data tables.

All of the statistics are derived from data held by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) which administers the driving test scheme in Great Britain.

The content and the processes used for gathering the Incident Statistics set of data (compulsory basic training and direct access scheme) are currently under review, therefore there will be no update of this data for the foreseeable future. Any freedom of information requests concerning this data set should be sent to the FOI team at DVSA.

Data tables at test centre level are published by DVSA.

Make a Freedom of Information request to DVSA if you need more detailed statistics. If you’re a driving instructor, you can send a request for your personal statistics.

Technical information

National statistics

All of the statistics published are Official Statistics. The department’s view is that all statistics which are not designated as National Statistics are robust and have been produced to a suitable standard.

Pre-release access list

The post holders given access to these statistics up to 24 hours prior to release are available in the Driving tests and instructors statistics pre-release access list.

Contact us

We continuously review the content of these statistics to ensure they are meeting users’ needs. We continue to welcome any feedback on these statistics.

Driving tests and instructor statistics

2017 to 2018

Official statistics for April 2017 to March 2018.

2016 to 2017

Official statistics for April 2016 to March 2017.

2015 to 2016

Official statistics for April 2015 to March 2016.

2014 to 2015

Official statistics for April 2014 to March 2015.

2013 to 2014

Official statistics for April 2013 to March 2014.

2012 to 2013

Official statistics for April 2012 to March 2013.

2011 to 2012

Official statistics for April 2011 to March 2012.

Data tables

  1. Driving test statistics (DRT)
  2. Driving instructor statistics (INS)
  3. Driving test failure reasons data

Data by theory test centre

DVSA publishes these statistical data sets about theory tests taken at each test centre in Great Britain.

  1. Car theory test data by test centre
  2. Motorcycle theory test data by test centre
  3. Large goods vehicle (LGV) theory test data by test centre
  4. Passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) theory test data by test centre
  5. Theory test data by test centre

Data by driving test centre

DVSA publishes these statistical data sets about driving tests taken at each driving test centre in Great Britain.

About the data and reports

These documents give information about the sources of the data, what the technical terms mean and who is allowed to see the official statistic reports before they’re published.

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