Driving tests are taking place in England, Scotland and Wales - find out what changes to expect because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Applies to England, Scotland and Wales
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This page tells you about driving tests during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will be updated if anything changes.
There’s different guidance about theory tests.
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Driving tests are taking place in England, Scotland and Wales.
Booking your driving test
You can book your driving test online.
You can use the service to change your driving test appointment to look for earlier appointments after you’ve booked your test.
If you cannot wear a face covering during your test
From 19 July 2021, you will still need to wear a face covering in England, Scotland and Wales, unless you’re exempt.
When you book, you need to say if there’s a good reason you cannot wear a face covering when you take your test. 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
You might not be able to take a test at your prefered test centre if you cannot wear a face covering.
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.
Before you come for your driving test
It’s best to take a rapid lateral flow test before your driving test if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and you’re in:
When you must not go to your test
You must not go to your driving test if:
- you or someone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms
- you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
- you’re quarantining because you recently entered the UK
If you cannot go for your test because you’re self-isolating
Email DVSA if you cannot go for your test because you’re self-isolating. Use the subject title ‘COVID-19 short notice cancellation’.
Include 2 of the following in your email:
- your driving licence number
- your theory test pass certificate number
- your driving test booking reference
DVSA customer services
DVSA will then rearrange your test and send you the new details.
When you come for your driving test
You must bring and wear a face covering when you come for your test, unless you have a good reason not to.
Your test will be cancelled if you come without a face covering but you did not declare you could not wear one.
You will need to remove your face covering briefly so your driving examiner can check your ID.
Arriving for your 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 COVID-19. 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
- not allowing your driving instructor or supervising driver to sit in the back during your test
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.
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’re taking driving lessons and when you take your driving test.
If your theory test certificate expires, you will need to take and pass a theory test again.