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Driving Test FAQ

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Welcome to our Practical Driving Test FAQ page which contains some of the most frequently asked questions by learner car drivers.

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Our team wants you to ace that DVSA Driving Test, so don't let any niggles or concerns get in the way of you concentrating on the important goal - getting your driving freedom!

What documents do I need to bring with me?

You will need to bring both parts of your photo card driving licence and your Theory Test pass certificate (or confirmation). 

How can I check my Driving Test details online?

You can check your details for an existing practical test booking online. For further information on how to do this visit our Practical Test page. 

How can I change my test online?

You can change the details of an existing practical test booking online. You need to give at least three clear working days otherwise you will have to pay an additional fee.

For further information on how to do this visit our Practical Test page. 

How can I cancel my test online?

If for any reason you wanted to cancel an existing Driving Test booking, you can do so online. 

Please be aware that unless you leave at least three clear working days before your test, you will lose your test fee.

For further information on how to do this visit our Practical Test page. 

I’ve failed my Driving Test, when can I apply for a retest?

If you fail your driving test you can take another after 10 working days (Saturday's are classed as a working day). 

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Can I drive any vehicle on my test?

No! You must ensure that your vehicle meets the minimum standards before arriving at the test centre, otherwise, your test may be cancelled and you will lose your test fee.

Check with the DVLA to see if your vehicle is suitable to use. 

I’ve lost my provisional driving licence (photo card or paper) – what should I do?

If you have lost either the paper part or the photo card of your driving licence you must contact the DVLA immediately.

You can apply for a replacement licence online via the secure DVLA booking service. Alternatively, you can call the DVLA direct on 0300 790 6801.

Please note that you are not able to take your Theory or Practical Driving Test without both parts of your driving licence. 

My test has been cancelled, how long will I need to wait until I receive a date for my new test?

If your Driving Test has been cancelled due to circumstances such as the bad weather, another appointment will be automatically arranged at no further cost to you.

However, the DVSA doesn’t pay any out-of-pocket expenses. A new appointment date is usually sent within three working days but this may take up to seven days during busy periods. 

How can I overcome Driving Test nerves?

There are various ways that you can help to combat test nerves, but unfortunately what works for one person doesn’t work for another.

Check out our test nerves page to see what could work for you. 

Can you wear your sunglasses on your test?

Yes, you can, but remember that it’s harder for the examiner to see you look in the mirrors, so it’s advisable not to wear them.

Does the DVSA offer a discount if I fail my test and have to book again?

Unfortunately not – if you fail and want to take another test you will need to pay the full fee again as the DVSA don’t offer discounts for re-tests. 

Where can I find my local test routes?

Unfortunately, the DVSA no longer publishes the official test routes since the introduction of Independent Driving.


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