3. What to take to your test
You must take your UK photocard driving licence to your test.
If you have a licence from Northern Ireland, bring the photocard and paper counterpart licence.
Your test will be cancelled and you won’t get your money back if you don’t take the right things with you.
Lost your licence
You need to apply for a replacement driving licence if you lose yours. This could take up to 15 days to arrive.
Rearrange your test if you don’t get the new licence in enough time.
If you have a paper licence
Bring a valid passport as well as your paper licence.
If you don’t have a passport, you need to get a photocard licence.
You can’t take personal items into the test room with you. This includes things like:
- mobile phones
You have to store any personal items in a locker.
The test centre staff will check if you have anything with you that could be used to cheat. Your test won’t go ahead if you don’t let them check.
It’s illegal to cheat at the theory test. You can be sent to prison and banned from driving.
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.