Guidance

Host vocational driving tests at your own site

Apply for your site to be approved to host lorry, car and trailer or Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) part 4 tests.

Get approval for your site

You have to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) to get your site approved. It must meet certain rules to be used.

If your site is approved, you can either:

  • host tests for just your own staff and customers
  • host tests for anyone (if you’re in an area where DVSA is looking for alternative premises, they’ll pay you an annual fee, and your site will operate under a DVSA licence)

If you apply to host driving tests for anyone, your site will be used by DVSA examiners to carry out:

  • lorry licence acquisition tests
  • car and trailer tests
  • Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) part 4 (practical demonstration) tests

Rules for the site

Your site must:

  • have clearly defined access and exit points, so the safety of other people on site can be managed
  • have a suitable barrier to replicate a loading bay
  • allow for suitable driving test routes by having access to a variety of traffic hazards and road conditions
  • comply with health and safety legislation
  • have suitable insurance cover
  • have a load securing demonstration trolley if Driver CPC part 4 tests are required for large goods vehicles

Off-road manoeuvring area

Your site must have an off-road manoeuvring area that:

  • is at least 66 metres (m) by 11m
  • is line marked following DVSA inspection
  • has a level surface in a reasonable condition
  • is free of other vehicles and personnel (other than the examiner and candidate) while the test is taking place

Manoeuvring exercise area diagram

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Reverse exercise line markings for customer sites

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Rules for staff facilities

The following must be available for the driving examiner:

  • a private office space with a chair and desk to write up test paperwork
  • a suitable storage facility for the day’s documents and personal belongings
  • male and female staff toilets and kitchen facilities

Apply for approval

Contact DVSA to apply for approval, or to get more information about hosting tests.

DVSA customer support
customersites@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 200 1122 (press the 2-digit fast track code)
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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Published 13 November 2012
Last updated 12 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the guidance to make it clearer when DVSA will pay an annual fee for using your site.
  2. Updated email address for applications and enquiries.
  3. Manoeuvring exercise area download PDFs added
  4. First published.