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How to Book Your Practical Driving Test

You can book a driving test online once you have passed the theory test (where required). But, keep in mind that the driving test booking service does not operate 24 hours a day.

The same service also allows you to make other types of driving test bookings (e.g. for motorcycles, lorries, and for the ADI tests).

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Key information in this section explains how to book your official DVSA practical driving test for a car and manage your appointment.

First of all, it is worth checking that you meet the requirements and what information you will need to provide. To make a booking, you will need:

You must also have lived in England, Wales, or in Scotland for a minimum of six months (185 days) within the last twelve (12) month period (prior to the test date).

The DVSA driving test booking service only operates between the hours of 6am and 11:40pm. During these times, you can book your practical driving test for:

Note: Further guides below explain how to check the cost of a driving test and search for an earlier appointment once you have booked (e.g. to find a cancellation appointment).

Booking a Test to Upgrade a Licence

The DVSA conduct 'upgrade' tests for drivers looking to enhance licence categories. So for example, you might want to change from driving an automatic to a manual car.

Similarly, people who drive lorries or buses might want to change from driving a medium-sized lorry to a larger truck.

In this case, you would need to contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Their staff can also help if you find it difficult to book your driving test online.

DVSA Driving Test Booking Support
Email: customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday: 8am to 4pm
Find out about call charges.

Note: You can use your postcode to search online for the nearest driving test centres in your area.


When You Don't Need the Theory Test

As a rule, you will need to book your theory test - and pass it - before booking the practical part. But, you do not need to take a theory test to make an appointment for a:

  • Bus and trailer test
  • Car and trailer practical driving test
  • Large bus test (for medium bus licences)
  • Large lorry test (for medium lorry licences)
  • Lorry and trailer test
  • Progressive access bike test (for progressing through the motorcycle categories)
  • Tractor test
  • Test to upgrade from an automatic car to a manual car

Note: The main section explains when to make a booking, what you should bring with you, and what will happen during the DVSA practical driving test.

How to Check Driving Test Details

You can check the date and time of your appointment via the online service. Use it to find a lost or deleted confirmation email of your driving test appointment.

The facility allows you to check:

  • The address of the driving test centre you have booked with.
  • The date and the time that the centre scheduled for your driving test.

You can only check your driving test appointment details online between 6am and 11:40pm. When you use the driving test booking service, you should have:

  • Your United Kingdom driving licence number.
  • Your theory test pass certificate number (or driving test reference number).

You may need to find your lost theory test pass certificate number to book your driving test or to change a driving test appointment.

Note: There is no need to take confirmation of the booking to the practical driving test. The section below explains how to check driving test appointment details in Northern Ireland.


How to Change a Driving Test Appointment

The service is only available from 6am in the morning to 11:40pm in the evening. The facility allows you to:

  • Find a cancellation appointment (e.g. an earlier driving test).
  • Move your scheduled driving test to a later date.
  • Change which particular test centre you will use for taking the test.

When you use the driving test booking service, you should have:

  • Your United Kingdom driving licence number.
  • Your theory test pass certificate number (or driving test reference number).

Note: You would need to provide advance notice of at least three (3) working days to avoid having to pay again. Sundays and public holidays will not count as a working day.

Limit for Changing Test Appointments

You will be allowed to change your driving test appointment up to six (6) times after making the original booking. Following that, you would need to cancel the test and rebook it if you still need to make more changes.

  • The section below explains how to cancel your driving test. You would get a full refund providing you give at least three (3) clear working days of notice.
  • The section above explains how to book a new practical driving test. You would need to pay for the new test at the time of booking.

Note: The online service is for finding any available earlier test appointments (not for adding your name to a cancellation list). The section below explains how to change driving tests in Northern Ireland.


Driving Test Costs 2019

The tables show the current cost for booking a theory test and a practical driving test through the GOV.UK website. Be aware that unofficial 'copycat websites' may charge more than the prices quoted below.

Car Test Price

Type of Examination Weekday Scheduling Evening, Weekend, or Bank Holiday
Theory test £23 £23
Abridged theory test (if you have a Safe Road User Award) £18 £18
Practical driving test £62 £75
Extended driving test for disqualified drivers £124 £150

Car and Trailer Test

Type of Examination Weekday Scheduling Evening, Weekend, or Bank Holiday
Practical driving test £115 £141

Lorry, Bus, Minibus, and Coach

As a rule, you would need to take four Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) tests before becoming a lorry or bus driver. But, in some cases you do not need the full Driver CPC and would only need to take two (2) of them.

Type of Examination Weekday Scheduling Evening, Weekend, or Bank Holiday
Driver CPC part 1a (theory: multiple-choice questions) £26 £26
Driver CPC part 1b (theory: hazard perception) £11 £11
Driver CPC part 2 (case studies) £23 £23
Driver CPC part 3 (driving ability) £115 £141
Driver CPC part 4 (practical demonstration) £55 £63

Note: There is no difference in the costs for all categories of lorry and bus (e.g. C1, C, D1, and D).

Motorcycle and Moped Tests

Individual training schools set the course price for conducting the compulsory basic training (CBT). You can search online to find a motorcycle or moped CBT course in your area.

Type of Examination Weekday Scheduling Evening, Weekend, or Bank Holiday
Theory test £23 £23
Module 1 motorcycle test (off-road) £15.50 £15.50
Module 2 motorcycle test (on-road) £75 £88.50
Extended test for disqualified riders (on-road) £150 £177

Tractor (and other specialist vehicles)

Type of Examination Weekday Scheduling Evening, Weekend, or Bank Holiday
Practical driving test £62 £75

Note: The driving test fees are cheaper in Northern Ireland if you make a booking direct with the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA).

Taking a Test in the Evening or at Weekends

Not all centres offer evening (from 4:30pm onwards) and weekend schedules as standard practice. You will see the availability of evening and weekend appointments when booking a driving test or when searching for a cancellation (e.g. an earlier date).

Rebooking the Tests

There are several things to be aware of if you do not pass your test. But, if you choose to rebook it you will have to pay the full amount again.


How to Cancel a Driving Test Appointment

You can get a refund if you cancel your practical driving test (or riding test) providing you give three (3) clear working days of notice.

This online service is only available from 6am to 11:40pm and you will need:

  • Your United Kingdom driving licence number.
  • Your theory test pass certificate number (or driving test reference number).

Note: You would need to provide advance notice of at least three (3) working days to avoid having to pay again. The section below explains how to cancel a driving test appointment in Northern Ireland.


Book a Driving Test in Northern Ireland

You only pay the cost of the test when booking a practical driving test in Northern Ireland. There would be no extra booking fee to pay.

You must have already passed the required theory test and you would also need to have:

  • A valid UK driving licence with a Northern Ireland address.
  • A valid debit or credit card for payment (they accept Visa, Visa Electron, Delta, MasterCard, and Solo cards).

Archebu Eich Prawf Gyrru

Archebu eich prawf gyrru ymarferol ar gyfer:

  • Ceir
  • Beiciau modur
  • Lorïau, bysiau a bysiau moethus
  • Profion hyfforddwr gyrru cymeradwy (ADI) rhan 2 a 3

Note: Mae'r gwasanaeth hwn ar gael rhwng 6am a 11:40pm.

Note: The short video clip [3:46 seconds] explains how to book your practical driving test on Directgov.


Practical Driving Test Booking Process in United Kingdom

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