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This page tells you about driver and rider training and tests during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It will be updated if anything changes.
This guide is for approved driving instructors (ADIs), motorcycle trainers, and lorry and bus (vocational) trainers. It explains:
- how you should work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic
- how driving tests are affected by COVID-19
- how ADI qualification and registration is affected by COVID-19
- what financial support is available for businesses and the self-employed
There’s different information for Northern Ireland.
1. Working safely during the COVID-19 pandemic
The government has published guidance about working safely during COVID-19. It includes:
- guidance for people who work in vehicles
- cleaning your workplace safely
- keeping records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace
Wear a face covering in Scotland
You and your pupil must wear face coverings during driving lessons and practice sessions in Scotland.
If you do not wear a face covering, you must have a good reason, for example:
- you have a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability
- wearing it would cause you severe distress
- you and the person you’re teaching live in the same household
Wearing glasses does not count as a good reason.
You can be fined £60 if you do not wear a face covering during a driving lesson in Scotland. This will be reduced to £30 if you pay within 28 days.
Get rapid lateral flow tests
You can get rapid lateral flow tests if do not have symptoms.
They’re free and you get a result 30 minutes after taking the test.
Getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading. You should take a rapid lateral flow test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days).
About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others.
Find out how to get rapid lateral flow tests in:
Detailed guidance about working safely
Representative organisations have published detailed guidance about working safely during COVID-19.
Check the guidance for:
- car driving instructors - from the National Associations Strategic Partnership (NASP)
- motorcycle trainers - from MCIA Ride and the Driving Instructors Association
- vocational trainers (PDF, 165KB) - from the National Vocational Driving Instructors Register
2. Theory tests and driving tests
There’s separate guidance about how theory tests and driving tests are affected by COVID-19. It explains:
- how restrictions are affecting tests
- what changes your pupils can expect when they take their test
Check the guidance about:
You can still book and manage tests for your pupils.
Driving test centre waiting rooms
Not all driving test centre waiting rooms are open because of COVID-19.
There are temporary rules for using waiting rooms which are open.
Sending information to NHS Test and Trace
DVSA will share your details and your pupil’s details with the relevant NHS service if a DVSA member of staff you had close contact with both:
- develops COVID-19 symptoms within 48 hours of your driving test
- tests positive for COVID-19 after their symptoms developed
There’s more information in the privacy notices for:
3. ADI qualification and registration
If you’re qualifying to become an ADI
If your trainee licence expires soon
Contact DVSA for advice about the options available in your personal circumstances if your trainee licence expires soon.
DVSA ADI team
You need to include your:
- personal reference number or driving licence number
- date of birth
Taking the ADI part 3 test
You can take the ADI part 3 test more than 2 years after you passed your ADI part 1 test, as long as you book it within the 2-year limit.
If no appointments are available when you book, you can book an ‘on hold’ test. This means:
- you have to pay for the test
- DVSA arrange the test date when appointments become available
This meets the legal requirement for you to book your test within 2 years.
DVSA does not have any legal powers to extend your ADI part 1 theory test pass certificate.
If you’re already an ADI
If your ADI registration expires soon
You can choose to not renew your ADI registration if it expires soon.
You then have up to 12 months from the date it expires to re-register as an ADI without having to take the qualifying tests again. It costs the same to re-register (£300) as it does to renew your ADI registration.
You cannot charge money (or monies worth) for instruction while your registration has lapsed.
Extending ADI registrations
The law sets out how long ADI registrations last and what they cost. DVSA does not have any legal powers to:
- extend your ADI registration
- waive or reduce the ADI registration fee
4. Financial support
Financial support is available to businesses and self-employed people.
You can read more information about business support from the Scottish Government
You can read more information about business support from the Welsh Government.