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Claim expenses for a cancelled driving test

Apply for a refund of out-of-pocket expenses if your theory test or driving test was cancelled with less than 3 clear working days’ notice.

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You can apply for a refund of out-of-pocket expenses if the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) cancelled your theory test or driving test at short notice.

‘Short notice’ means less than 3 clear working days’ notice. Working days do not include Sundays and public holidays.

You cannot claim if your test is cancelled because of:

  • bad weather or poor light
  • local restrictions introduced to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • problems with your vehicle
  • driver problems, for example, you were ill on the day

Check the guidance on what you can claim, fill in the application form and send it to DVSA with the right evidence.

Published 1 January 2009
Last updated 24 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to make it clear that you cannot claim for out-of-pocket expenses if your test is cancelled as a result of local restrictions introduced to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  2. Updated the application form and guidance notes with a new address where applications for expenses for cancelled driving tests should be sent.

  3. Updated with the latest version of the form.

  4. Updated with the latest version of the form.

  5. Updated the application form for claiming out-of-pocket expenses.

  6. Published an updated version of the application form.

  7. First published.

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