1. Booking your test
There are 2 parts to the test:
You book and take them as a single test. You must pass both parts to pass the test.
When you can take the theory test
You can take the theory test from your 17th birthday onwards.
You can take it from your 16th birthday if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Who needs to take the theory test
You usually need to take the theory test before you can get your full car driving licence.
You don’t need to take the car theory test if you:
- want to upgrade an automatic car licence to a manual one
- already have a category B1 driving licence (3 or 4-wheeled light vehicles)
If you have a moped or motorcycle licence
You must pass a car theory test before taking the car driving test.
If your licence isn’t from Great Britain
Find out if you can drive in Great Britain (GB) with your non-GB licence without taking a theory and driving test.
Change or check your test details
You can change the date of your theory test after you’ve booked it.
You can check your appointment details if you’ve lost your booking confirmation.
Rebook your test
Rebook your theory test if you failed your test and want to resit it. You have to choose a date at least 3 working days away.
Check you're allowed to drive
Most people can start learning to drive when they’re 17.
Get a provisional driving licence
Driving lessons and practice
You need a provisional driving licence to take lessons or practice.
Prepare for your theory test
Book and manage your theory test
You need a provisional driving licence to book your theory test.
Book and manage your driving test
You must pass your theory test before you can book your driving test.
When you pass
You can start driving as soon as you pass your driving test.
You must have an insurance policy that allows you to drive without supervision.