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How to Book Your Driving Theory Test

The official DVSA theory test booking service is the easy way to make any of the different types of theory driving test bookings.

You can book a theory test for motorcycles, buses, lorries, and the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) part 1a and 1b (theory) and part 2 (case studies).

BEFORE YOU BOOK: You will need to have your United Kingdom driving licence number ready, along with:

  • A payment method (e.g. a credit or debit card)
  • An email address (to avoid having to book by phone)

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).

At the time you book your theory test online, be sure to inform the centre if you have a reading difficulty, a health condition, or a disability.

Note: Use a different service to book, change, or cancel a theory test online in Northern Ireland. The information in this page is also available in Welsh language (Cymraeg).

Cost of DVSA Theory Test

  • Car and motorcycle theory test: £23.
  • Lorry and bus theory tests:
    • Part 1a (multiple choice questions) £26
    • Part 1b (hazard perception) £11
    • Part 2 (case studies) £23

Note: You can use your postcode to search online and find the nearest theory test centres in your area.

When You Don’t Need the Theory Test

There is no need to take a theory test before booking your driving test, if you will only be upgrading from:

Likewise, you would NOT need to take the DVSA driving theory test in preparation of booking:

Note: You can get further help by contacting the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). This service is most helpful for people without an email address to book a theory test by telephone.

DVSA Theory Test Booking Support
Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday: 8am to 4pm
Check charges for phone calls.

What to Take to the Theory Test

You will need to take certain documents along to your theoretical examination (e.g. a valid photocard or paper drivers licence).

Note: Failing to take the correct things to your theory test can result in a cancellation. In this case, you would not get a refund of the money.

How to Change a Theory Test Appointment

Using the online booking service means you would be able to:

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

You will need to have your United Kingdom driving licence number to change a theory test appointment online.

Note: You should give the bookings centre a minimum notice of three (3) working days to avoid having to pay again. Sundays and public holidays will not count as a working day.

How to Check Theory 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.

Providing you have a valid UK driver’s licence, the online facility allows you to check:

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

How to Cancel a Theory Test Appointment

You can get a refund if you cancel your theory driving test providing you give at least three (3) clear working days of notice.

DVSA Driving Theory Test Booking Process in United Kingdom