About us

We carry out driving tests, approve people to be driving instructors and MOT testers, carry out tests to make sure lorries and buses are safe to drive, carry out roadside checks on drivers and vehicles, and monitor vehicle recalls.


We’re responsible for:

  • carrying out theory tests and driving tests for people who want to drive cars, motorcycles, lorries, buses and coaches, and specialist vehicles
  • approving people to be driving instructors and motorcycle trainers, and making sure they provide good-quality training
  • approving people to be MOT testers, approving the centres they work in, and testing lorries, buses and coaches ourselves
  • carrying out roadside checks on commercial drivers to make sure they follow safety rules and keep their vehicles safe to drive
  • monitoring recalls of vehicles, parts and accessories to make sure that manufacturers fix problems quickly
  • approving training courses for qualified drivers, such as Driver Certificate of Professional Competence courses for lorry, bus and coach drivers, and drink-drive rehabilitation courses
  • supporting the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain and the Northern Ireland transport regulator to license and monitor companies who operate lorries, buses and coaches, and to register local bus services


In 2019 to 2020, our main priorities are to:

  • offer 80% of candidates a car driving test appointment within 6 weeks of their preferred date
  • honour 98% of confirmed reservations at authorised testing facilities
  • increase the number of MOT cases where we act on the most serious fraud, dishonesty and negligence by at least 5% compared to 2018 to 2019
  • detect 28,000 serious roadworthiness defects and traffic offences
  • make efficiency savings of £1 million
  • reduce the average number of working days lost due to sickness per full-time equivalent member of staff by 0.2 days (compared to what we achieved in 2018 to 2019)

Who we are

We help you stay safe on Great Britain’s roads by:

  • helping you through a lifetime of safe driving
  • helping you keep your vehicle safe to drive
  • protecting you from unsafe drivers and vehicles

We employ around 4,600 people across Great Britain to do this. They include:

  • driving examiners
  • vehicle standards assessors
  • vehicle examiners
  • traffic examiners
  • customer service agents
  • registration and licensing officers
  • digital services and technology experts
  • corporate services experts, such as communications, finance and HR

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