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 will not get your money back if you do not take the right things with you.
Wearing a face covering to your test
The rules on face coverings are different in England, Scotland and Wales.
In England, you should wear a face covering when you go to your test if you can. Do not wear one if it will cause you difficulties - for example, if you have a respiratory condition.
In Scotland, you must wear a face covering when you go to your test, unless you have a good reason not to. Good reasons include:
- you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
- putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
In Wales, you can wear a face covering if you want to. Do not wear one if it will cause you difficulties - for example, if you have a respiratory condition.
When you must not go to your test
You must stay at home (self-isolate) and not go to your test if:
- you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms
- you’ve been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you’ve been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
Change your theory test appointment if you need to self-isolate on the day of your test. You can do this free of charge up to 3 working days before the test.
If you recently entered the UK
If you’ve entered the UK in the last 14 days you must not go to your test, unless you:
- arrived from a country on the ‘travel corridor’ list
- belong to one of the groups who do not have to self-isolate
If you live in Scotland there’s a different list of ‘travel corridor’ countries.
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 do not 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 do not have a passport, you need to get a photocard licence.
You cannot 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 will not go ahead if you do not let them check.
It’s illegal to cheat at the theory test. You can be sent to prison and banned from driving.