About us

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has closed. It's been replaced by the [Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency](https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/driver-and-vehicle-standards-agency) (DVSA). ##DVSA services and information These services are now provided by DVSA: * [theory tests and driving tests](https://www.gov.uk/topic/driving-tests-and-learning-to-drive) * [driving and motorcycle instructor registration](https://www.gov.uk/topic/driving-motorcyle-instructors) * [Driver CPC training for lorry, bus and coach drivers](https://www.gov.uk/driver-cpc-training) You can also use other [services and information](https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/driver-and-vehicle-standards-agency/services-information) from DVSA. [Contact DVSA](https://www.gov.uk/contact-dvsa) if you needed to contact DSA. ##History of DSA DSA was an executive agency, sponsored by the [Department for Transport](https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport). It existed from 1 April 1990 to 31 March 2014. DSA merged with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to create DVSA. *[DSA]: Driving Standards Agency *[DVSA]: Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) closed on 31 March 2014. It has been replaced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

This is the information about DSA that was published at the point that it closed. It is no longer current.


We are responsible for:

  • setting the standard for safe and responsible driving and riding
  • carrying out theory and practical driving tests for all types of motor vehicles
  • maintaining the register of approved driving instructors
  • approving training bodies and instructors to provide compulsory basic training and direct access scheme courses for motorcyclists
  • running the tests that allow people to join and stay on the voluntary register of large goods vehicle instructors
  • running the tests that allow people to join and stay on the voluntary register of driver trainers who train drivers of car and van fleets
  • setting the standards for the drink-drive rehabilitation scheme, running the scheme and approving the courses that offenders can take


In 2013 to 2015, our main priorities will be to:

  • take forward the Department for Transport’s motoring services strategy
  • offer candidates a theory test appointment within 2 weeks of their preferred date, and keep 99.5% of those appointments
  • offer candidates a car driving test appointment within 9 weeks of their preferred date, and keep 99% of those appointments
  • increase the take-up of digital services to 90%
  • carry out 95% of planned Driver Certificate of Professional Competence training centre audits and 90% of planned course audits
  • maintain customer satisfaction
  • cut our carbon emissions by at least 20% compared with 2009-10

Who we are

We employ around 2,300 staff around Great Britain. We run theory tests at around 150 theory test centres, and driving tests from around 400 driving test centres.

Corporate information

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