Guidance

Take a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test before your driving test (England)

When to get a coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow test before your driving test, and what to do if you test positive.

Applies to England

Before you take your driving test, it’s best to take a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test if you do not have symptoms.

However, you can still take your driving test if you’re unable to take a rapid lateral flow test.

Eligibility

You can get a rapid lateral flow test if:

There’s different guidance if you’re in Scotland or Wales.

Why you should get tested

Getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others.

You should take a rapid lateral flow test twice a week (every 3 or 4 days), including before and after you’ve taken your driving test.

Get a rapid lateral flow test

Rapid lateral flow tests are free and you get a result 30 minutes after taking the test.

  1. Order or collect rapid lateral flow test kits.

  2. Take a test up to 4 days before your driving test.

If a rapid lateral flow test result is positive

If you or anyone you live with tests positive from a lateral flow test, everyone living in the home must:

If all PCR test results are negative

If you and everyone you live with get a negative PCR test result back before your driving test you can:

  • stop self-isolating
  • take your driving test

If any PCR test result is positive or you do not get a PCR test result in time

You must not go for your driving test if either:

  • you or someone you live with has a positive PCR test result
  • your rapid lateral flow test result is positive, and you do not get a PCR test result back before your driving test

You will need to change your driving test appointment to a later date. It does not cost anything.

After you’ve changed your driving test date

You can email the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you’d like them to try and find an earlier driving test appointment for you.

Use the email subject title ‘Lateral flow rebooking’ and include 2 of these 3 pieces of information:

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

DVSA customer services
customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk

You can only use this service if you had to change your appointment because of a positive COVID-19 test within 4 days of your driving test.

Published 21 April 2021