Theory test: cars

If you have a reading difficulty, disability or health condition

Theory tests have been suspended because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re a critical worker, you can apply for an emergency theory test.

When you book your theory test you should say if you have a:

  • reading difficulty
  • disability
  • health condition

You have reading difficulties

You can ask to hear the test through headphones when you book your test. You can hear it in English or Welsh.

You can listen to the questions and possible answers as many times as you need to.

Other types of support

You can get other support during your theory test if you send proof that you have reading difficulties.

This can be an email, letter or report from:

  • a teacher or other educational professional
  • a doctor or medical professional

You can get:

  • extra time to take the test
  • someone to read what’s on the screen and record your answers
  • someone to reword the questions for you

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will select the best type of support for you unless you say what you’d prefer.

DVSA theory test enquiries

Extra time to take the test

You can ask for more time to do the multiple choice questions part of the theory test.

Reading what’s on the screen and recording your answers

A member of staff at the test centre can:

  • read out all the instructions and questions on the screen
  • record your answers to the questions during the multiple-choice part of the test

Rewording the questions for you

You can ask for a member of staff to reword the theory test questions to make them easier for you to understand.

The person cannot change the technical language that you need to know. But they can change the order of the sentence and other non-technical words and phrases.

You still need to answer each question yourself.

You’re deaf or have a hearing impairment

You can take the theory test in British Sign Language (BSL) if you’re deaf or have a hearing impairment.

A BSL video appears on the screen next to the questions and answers.

Take a BSL interpreter

You can have a BSL interpreter with you during the test. Contact DVSA to arrange this. You will not be charged an extra fee.

DVSA theory test enquiries

Hearing loop and lip speakers

You can arrange to have a lip speaker with you at the theory test centre or use a listening aid (hearing loop).

To use either service you’ll need to contact DVSA before your test.

DVSA theory test enquiries

Other disabilities or health conditions

Contact DVSA to discuss any other disability or health condition before you book your test.

DVSA theory test enquiries

  1. Step 1 Check you're allowed to drive

    Most people can start learning to drive when they’re 17.

    1. Check what age you can drive
    2. Requirements for driving legally
    3. Driving eyesight rules
  2. Step 2 Get a provisional licence

  3. Step 3 Driving lessons and practice

  4. and Prepare for your theory test

  5. Step 4 Book and manage your theory test

  6. Step 5 Book and manage your driving test

  7. Step 6 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.

    1. Find out about Pass Plus training courses