Find out how driving tests are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) and what changes to expect when you take your driving test.
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This page tells you about driving tests during coronavirus (COVID-19).
It will be updated if anything changes.
|Country||What is allowed|
|England||Driving tests are taking place in tier 1 and 2 areas.
Driving tests are suspended in tier 3 areas and will restart on Thursday 3 December.
|Scotland||Driving tests are taking place in council areas in local COVID protection levels 0 to 3.
Driving tests are suspended in council areas in local COVID protection level 4. You must not travel out of a level 4 area to take your driving test somewhere else.
|Wales||Driving tests are taking place.|
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will contact you if your test is affected by local restrictions and tell you what you need to do.
There’s different guidance about theory tests.
If you cannot wear a face covering
When you arrange your test, you’ll need to say if there’s a good reason you cannot wear a face covering when you take your test.
You might not be able to take a test at your prefered test centre.
When you come for your driving test
Do not arrive for your driving test more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.
Some driving test centre waiting rooms are closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Your driving instructor or accompanying driver can check if the waiting room will be open before your test.
Toilets are available on request, even if the waiting room is closed.
Rules for the car you use
You must clean the inside of your car before your test. This means:
- tidying any unnecessary items away from the dashboard, footwells, door pockets, cup holders and seats
- wiping down the dashboard and car controls
The examiner will do an additional clean of some surfaces.
The car you use for your test must have at least one window open on each side throughout the test. Any combination of windows can be opened - for example, one from the front and one from the back. Wear clothing suitable for the weather.
DVSA has introduced safety precautions. These include:
- driving examiners wearing face coverings - they might also choose to wear gloves and use disposable seat covers
- limiting the number of people arriving for a driving test at the same time
- not allowing your driving instructor or supervising driver to sit in the back during your test
Wearing a face covering
You must bring and wear a face covering when you come for your test, unless you have a good reason not to. This includes if:
- you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
- putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
- you need to remove it during your test to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others
If you wear glasses
Wearing glasses does not count as a good reason not to wear a face covering. You should practise driving wearing a face covering before your test to help you prepare.
When you arrange your test
You need to say if you have a good reason not to wear a face covering when you arrange your test.
Your test will be cancelled if you come for your test without a face covering and you did not declare you could not wear one when you arranged your test.
You will need to remove your face covering briefly so your driving examiner can check your ID.
During your driving test
If you have a problem with your face covering during the test, your driving examiner will ask you to stop so you can adjust it. Your driving examiner will end the test early if it becomes a safety issue.
If you make a mistake
You can carry on if you make a mistake during your driving test.
If you make a serious or dangerous fault, which means you’ve failed, your driving examiner will direct you back to the driving test centre, where the test will end. This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.
At the end of your test
Your driving examiner will ask if you want your instructor to come over to listen to the feedback, but only if social distancing can be maintained.
When you must not come for your test
You must not come for your driving test if:
- you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms
- you’ve been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you’ve been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
Change your driving test appointment if you need to self-isolate on the day of your driving test.
You can do this free of charge if you’re self-isolating, including if you do it at short notice (within 3 clear working days of the test).
If you recently entered the UK
If you’ve entered the UK in the last 14 days you must not go to your test, unless you:
- arrived from a country on the ‘travel corridor’ list
- belong to one of the groups who do not have to self-isolate
If your theory test certificate expires
You need to have passed a theory test in the last 2 years to be able to take most types of driving tests.
Your theory test certificate will not be extended.
This is because your road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills need to be up to date when you restart driving lessons and take your driving test.