Find out how theory tests are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) and what changes to expect when you take your theory test.
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This page tells you about theory tests during coronavirus (COVID-19).
It will be updated if anything changes.
|Country||What is allowed|
|England||Theory tests are taking place.|
|Scotland||Theory tests are taking place in council areas in local COVID protection levels 0 to 3.
Theory 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 theory test somewhere else.
|Wales||Theory 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 driving tests.
Keeping you safe at the test centre
In England and Wales, you will be at least 1 metre apart from other people.
In Scotland, you will be at least 2 metres apart from other people.
To keep you safe, test centres are:
- doing extra cleaning
- 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
You must bring and wear a face covering for your test, unless you have a good reason not to. Good reasons are things like:
- having a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability
- wearing it would cause you severe distress
You need to say if you have a good reason not to wear a face covering when you book your test.
Your test will be cancelled if you come for your test without a face covering and you did not say that you could not wear one when you booked it.
Checking your ID
You will need to remove your face covering so the test centre staff can check your ID.
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
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).
You can be fined up to £10,000 in England if you do not self-isolate when you’re supposed to.
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