Guidance

Licensed use of DVSA's theory test learning materials

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) encourages the reuse of its official learning materials with a licence agreement.

Types of licences and agreements

You must have a Crown copyright licence agreement with DVSA to reuse its official theory test revision banks and simulated hazard perception test video clips.

An Open Government Licence allows you to reuse, free of charge and without explicit permission:

  • The Highway Code and traffic signs
  • the national driving or riding standards and the syllabus

There are 5 main types of Crown copyright licences and agreements available:

  • royalty-based licence
  • education or research licence
  • translation licence
  • British Sign Language agreement
  • memorandum of understanding

You will need one of these licences to use:

  • DVSA’s official theory test revision banks
  • simulated hazard perception test video clips
  • DVSA’s photographs, images and graphics
  • any of DVSA’s other intellectual property

Royalty-based licence

You must have a royalty-based Crown copyright licence if you want to reuse DVSA’s material in a product that you’re selling. The licence will last for 3 years.

You have to pay a 13% royalty rate to DVSA on your ‘net sales revenue’ for each electronic and paper-based product you sell. ‘Net sales revenue’ means your income after tax.

The royalty rate varies if the DVSA copyright material used in the publication makes up less than half of the entire product.

Education or research licence

You can get an education or research Crown copyright licence if you’re:

  • an educational establishment where you don’t charge pupils for access to the material and there’s no commercial gain involved
  • doing a research project or coursework and want to use the material in it

You should give a copy of the final work to DVSA within a reasonable time before you publish your results. You must be able to confirm that the finished work is not:

  • copied
  • sold
  • published electronically
  • passed off in any way as being available for sale

You must include the following acknowledgement in the work:

‘Crown copyright material has been reproduced by permission of DVSA which does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the reproduction’.

Translation licence

You can get a translation licence if you want to translate DVSA’s material into languages other than English.

You can produce and sell any type of product, but you have to pay a 13% royalty rate to DVSA on your ‘net sales revenue’.

British Sign Language licence

You can get a British Sign Language licence if you want to translate DVSA’s material for the deaf or hard of hearing.

You can produce and sell any type of product and you don’t have to pay DVSA royalties on your sales.

Memorandum of understanding

You can get a memorandum of understanding (MoU) if you’re a non-UK government or other UK government department.

The MoU will generally be under the same terms and conditions as a Crown copyright licence agreement.

Apply for a licence or agreement

To apply for a licence, download and fill in the application form and send it to DVSA.

Crown copyright licence agreement application form

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If you use assistive technology and need a version of this document in a more accessible format please email customer.services@dsa.gsi.gov.uk quoting your address, telephone number along with the title of the publication ("Crown copyright licence agreement application form").

DSA Crown Copyright

Intellectual Property Department
Driving Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street

Nottingham
NG1 6LP

Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

DVSA aims to respond to your application within 10 working days.

Your application will be considered by DVSA’s Intellectual Property Manager. They will draw up a draft licence for you to sign if your application is accepted.

Materials you can use in your product

When you have your Crown copyright licence agreement, you can get the official theory test revision banks for the following categories of theory tests:

  • car
  • motorcycle
  • large goods vehicle (LGV) and passenger carrying vehicle (PCV)
  • approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1
Number of categories PDF version Filemaker Pro (excluding VAT) Filemaker Pro (including VAT)
1 category Free £350 £420
2 categories Free £600 £720
3 categories Free £800 £960
4 categories Free £1,000 £1,200

Contact DVSA to pay securely for Filemaker Pro files by MasterCard, Visa, Delta and UK Electron cards.

Telephone: 0115 936 6123
Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm

How you present theory test questions and answers

DVSA has stopped publishing multiple-choice questions and answers used in the live theory test, but revision question banks are available.

The revision banks include text known as the ‘knowledge and understanding text’. This explains all the things learners must consider in any given situation.

This text (which is shown in blue) should appear with the question. The correct answer must not be shown with the question itself. The answer must be listed either:

  • at the end of the section
  • at the end of the book
  • elsewhere

The knowledge and understanding text does not have to be printed in colour.

In mock tests or quizzes in electronic products, the correct answer option should not be shown until after the user has indicated their choice. You can use the knowledge and understanding text as feedback or as a hint to the user.

Changes to the revision banks

You’ll usually be given around 6 months notice of any changes to the revision banks. There may be a publication embargo date.

Hazard perception test simulated video clips

You can buy DVSA simulated hazard perception test video clips. These clips aren’t used in the live test, but look very similar.

You can buy 8 or 16 clips, but you can only use up to 10 clips in a single product.

Number of clips Cost (excluding VAT) Cost (including VAT)
8 clips £150 £180
16 clips £300 £360

Contact DVSA to pay securely for hazard perception test video clips by MasterCard, Visa, Delta and UK Electron cards.

Telephone: 0115 936 6123
Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm

Images and photography

DVSA has an image library on Flickr. For more information about reusing DVSA images contact DVSA’s Intellectual Property Manager who will need to know:

  • what type of licence you have
  • how many images you want
  • how you want to use them

DVSA does not allow the reuse of photographs and other images of identifiable individuals, particularly children and people from vulnerable groups, included in its printed publications or on its website.

Rules about your product artwork

Your product artwork must be approved by DVSA’s Intellectual Property Manager before you may publish it.

It must contain a Crown copyright acknowledgment on the product in the following format:

‘Crown copyright material has been reproduced by permission of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency which does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the reproduction’

Your product must:

  • in no way resemble a current DVSA product
  • not display DVSA’s logo
  • not in any way suggest that it is recommended, endorsed or approved by DVSA
  • not mislead the public in any way as to its content

Paying royalty and licence fees

You have to send a certified royalty statement to DVSA within 30 days of the end of each financial quarter. You have to send a nil statement if you didn’t sell any products.

Quarter Date your statement is due
April to June 30 July
July to September 30 October
October to December 30 January
January to March 30 April

DVSA will send you an invoice within 30 days of getting your statement. You then have to pay the royalties within 30 days of the invoice date.

How to pay

To pay by securely by MasterCard, Visa, Delta and UK Electron cards, call DVSA.

Telephone: 0115 936 6123
Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm

You can be charged 2% per year above the base lending rate if you don’t pay the fee on time.

How DVSA trades fairly

The Reuse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 (PSI) establishes a framework for making the reuse of information held by public bodies easier.

The PSI Regulations are designed to help release the value held in public sector information and allow the reuse of these assets commercially.

DVSA is accredited to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) by the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI).

Under the IFTS, DVSA’s Chief Executive has committed to:

  • trading openly, transparently and fairly in Crown copyright information
  • making sure that any complaints are investigated thoroughly and equitably

How to complain about how DVSA trades

You should complain to DVSA’s Intellectual Property Manager in the first instance.

You can complain to OPSI if you can’t settle matters through DVSA’s complaints procedure.

How DVSA protects its copyrighted material

DVSA actively encourages the licensed reuse of its material. However, it:

  • will protect it against any unlicensed use
  • constantly monitors the use of its material
  • pursues any case where material has been used without its permission
  • tries to remedy breaches amicably
  • will take any necessary legal action in order to protect Crown copyright

You can report infringements to DVSA’s Intellectual Property Manager.

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