Theory tests have restarted in England, with social distancing and safety precautions in place.
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This page tells you about theory tests in England during the coronavirus outbreak.
It will be updated if anything changes.
Theory tests have restarted in England, with new social distancing and safety precautions in place.
Theory tests are still suspended in:
There’s separate guidance about driving tests in England.
Keeping you safe at the test centre
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has introduced social distancing measures and safety precautions at test centres.
- using floor markings to keep people 2 metres apart
- spacing workstations and chairs so you’re 2 metres away from other people
- extra cleaning of the test centres
- using protective transparent screens at the reception desk
- providing hand sanitiser for you to use when you arrive at the test centre, during your test and when you leave
- cleaning workstations, including computers and headphones, before every test
Staff will wear a face covering (unless there’s a medical reason that it’s not recommended for them) and gloves.
You have to come into the test centre alone. This is to help with social distancing.
Wearing a face covering
Wear a face covering when you come for your test if you can.
You will need to remove it briefly so the test centre staff can check your ID.
Do not use a face covering if you may find it difficult to manage, for example, you have a respiratory condition.
When you must not come for your test
You must not come for your theory 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
- you have entered or returned to the UK in the last 14 days, except in very limited situations - from 10 July you will not have to self-isolate if you’re arriving in England from a country or territory on the travel corridors list
You have to stay at home (self-isolate).
Change your theory test appointment if you need to self-isolate on the day of your theory 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’re classed as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus
If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, you should have received a letter telling you that you’re in this group or have been told by your GP.
DVSA recommends that you change your theory test appointment to after 1 August 2020, when shielding will be paused.
Changes to the theory test planned for 14 April 2020
The changes to the theory test that were planned to be introduced on 14 April 2020 have not gone ahead. This is because of the coronavirus outbreak.
DVSA will make these changes to the theory test as soon as possible. In the meantime, the theory test will continue to work in the same way as it did before April.
Apply for an emergency theory test if you’re a critical worker
You can apply for an emergency test if you urgently need a test because you’re classed as a critical worker. This includes if you work in:
- health and social care
- education and childcare
- key public services
- local and national government
- food and other necessary goods
- public safety and national security
- utilities, communication and financial services