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Coronavirus: driving tests and theory tests

Theory tests are suspended for one month, and driving tests are suspended for up to 3 months due to coronavirus - but tests are available for critical workers.

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This page tells you about driving test and theory test suspensions due to coronavirus (COVID-19). It will be updated if anything changes.

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COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Theory tests and driving tests have been suspended to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The suspension lasts:

  • up to and including 20 April 2020 for theory tests
  • for up to 3 months for driving tests

This applies to all types of theory tests, driving tests and approved driving instructor (ADI) standards checks.

Theory tests

Theory tests are suspended up to and including 20 April 2020.

You’ll get an email to tell you that your test has been cancelled.

You’ll automatically get a refund. You’ll get an email to confirm this has been done - this may take a few weeks to arrive.

You’ll then have to book a new theory test for a date and time after 20 April 2020 that suits you.

You can still book, change or cancel tests for 21 April 2020 onwards.

Driving tests

Driving tests are suspended for up to 3 months.

Car driving tests

You’ll get an email to tell you when your car driving test has been rebooked. It will tell you the new date and time of your test.

You will not get this email immediately - it should arrive around 2 weeks before your original test date.

It’s likely that your new test date will be around 3 months after your original date.

If you want to cancel your car driving test

You can cancel your test if you want to get a full refund now. Email the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to request this.

You need to include your full name and 2 of the following pieces of information:

  • your driving licence number
  • your theory test pass certificate number
  • your driving test booking reference

DVSA customer services
customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk

Other tests of driving tests

If you had booked any other types of test (for example, a motorcycle or lorry test), the test will be cancelled and you’ll get a full refund.

You’ll then need to book another test when the booking service is available again.

You cannot book a future driving test date

You cannot currently book a new driving test.

When driving tests start again, people who had their test cancelled will be given priority. This means you’ll have to wait longer than usual.

Check back for the latest updates, or sign up for email alerts.

If your theory test certificate expires soon

Legally, your theory test certificate cannot be extended in any circumstances.

You’ll need to book and pay to take another theory test.

You need to pass this before you can book your driving test.

Book an emergency test if you’re a critical worker

You can still get an emergency test while tests are suspended if your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in a critical sector. These include:

  • health and social care
  • education and childcare
  • key public services
  • local and national government
  • food and other necessary goods
  • public safety and national security
  • transport
  • utilities, communication and financial services

Book an emergency theory test

Email DVSA to ask for an emergency theory test.

You must send a photo or scanned image of valid ID such as your work ID badge.

If you do not have an ID badge you can send:

  • an email from a work email address
  • evidence from your employer, such as email or scanned document including company letterhead
  • a scan of your payslip

This is not an exhaustive list and evidence will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

You also need to tell us:

  • your telephone number and preferred contact time
  • which test centre you want to take your test at (currently only Birmingham, London, Glasgow and Ballymena)
  • the type of theory test you would like to take (car, car and trailer, motorcycle, lorry, bus or coach)
  • your driving licence number

Emergency theory tests
critical.worker.theory.test@dvsa.gov.uk

If you meet the critical worker criteria, DVSA will contact you to explain what happens next.

Do not resend your request if you’ve already sent an email. DVSA will contact you as soon as they can.

Book an emergency driving test

Email DVSA to ask for an emergency driving test.

You must send a photo or a scanned image of a valid ID such as your work ID badge.

If you do not have an ID badge you can send:

  • an email from a work email address
  • evidence from your employer, such as an email or scanned document including company letterhead
  • a scan of your payslip

This is not an exhaustive list and evidence will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

You also need to tell us:

  • your telephone number
  • your preferred test location
  • the type of driving test you would like to take (car, car and trailer, motorcycle, lorry, bus or coach)
  • your driving licence number
  • the driving test reference number (if you have one)
  • your theory test certificate number

Emergency driving tests
critical.worker.driving.test@dvsa.gov.uk

If you meet the critical worker criteria, DVSA will contact you with a test date.

Do not resend your request if you’ve already sent an email. DVSA will contact you as soon as they can.

Published 17 March 2020
Last updated 25 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Clarified that car driving tests that were cancelled will be automatically rebooked, and that other types of driving tests (for example, motorcycle and lorry) will be cancelled and refunded, and that you’ll need to book these again.

  2. Removed content on how to claim out of pocket expenses if your test was cancelled at short notice.

  3. Added information about what is happening if you're a driving instructor or trainer who booked tests for your pupils.

  4. Added content on what critical workers need to do to request an emergency theory test.

  5. Changed email addresses for critical workers to contact DVSA about emergency driving and theory tests. Added content about what needs to be sent with their request.

  6. Updated with information about the suspension of driving tests for up to 3 months, and added information about applying for an emergency test if you're a critical worker.

  7. Added information about theory tests being suspended from Friday 20 March to Monday 20 April 2020.

  8. Added information about the postponement of driving tests due to take place on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March 2020.

  9. Updated the contact details to cancel or change your test if you, someone you live with, your instructor or someone they live with have coronavirus symptoms.

  10. First published.