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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has a policy generally of not allowing the recording or filming of driving tests or on its premises.
For the purpose of this policy, ‘recording’ means the use of any type of audio or visual recording equipment.
It covers all theory and practical driving and riding tests. This includes recording inside the test vehicle or outside - for example, during a motorcycle test.
2. What DVSA allows
You can use a camera fitted for insurance purposes, as long as it:
- is external facing and doesn’t film the inside of the vehicle
- doesn’t record audio from inside the vehicle
DVSA will under no circumstances accept, comment on, or review audio or video footage provided by a test candidate or third party to facilitate a challenge to the conduct of any theory or practical test or its result.
Any footage received in connection with an allegation of criminal activity or intent will be referred to the police.
2.1 Filming by TV and media
DVSA allows filming by external parties (eg TV production crews) with DVSA’s permission, with DVSA having editorial control of the film, when it’s done for promotional or educational programmes.
Further conditions will apply. Contact DVSA’s press office to apply to film tests for media purposes.
DVSA press office
Telephone 0115 936 6135
Out of hours telephone 0782 789 7430
Only contact the press office if you're a journalist. The press office can't help with general customer support enquiries.
DVSA allows filming by DVSA officials for promotional or educational purposes for internal or external customers and with the permission of all involved.
DVSA doesn’t allow any other recording of driving tests.
3. Tests recorded without permission
The driving examiner won’t start the driving test if they know it’s being recorded without permission. They’ll stop the test if they become aware that it’s being recorded. The examiner will then give the candidate the chance to turn off the recording equipment.
The test will be ended and the candidate will lose their test fee if the candidate can’t do this quickly or easily.
4. Complying with the Data Protection Act
When recording video or audio that captures personal information, you must follow the law in the Data Protection Act 1998.
Images of people are covered by the Data Protection Act, and so is information about people which is derived from images, eg vehicle registration numbers.
Find out how to stay within the law on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.