Driving Tests are back

Friday 10th July 2020
Car driving tests will restart in England on Wednesday 22 July 2020 with new social distancing and safety precautions in place. The first set of tests are for those people who had their driving test cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. See below for details on the process you need to take to rebook your cancelled test and how the DVSA is managing the booking process.

These will only be for people who had their driving test cancelled because of coronavirus to begin with.
Arrange your driving test appointment If your car driving test was cancelled due to coronavirus, you were sent an email with a new date and time for your test.The new date you were given will not go ahead. This includes if the new date you were given was from 22 July. Do not go for your test on that date.The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will email you again soon to ask you to go online and choose your preferred date and time for your test.When you arrange your test, you’ll need to say if there’s a good reason you cannot wear a face covering when you take your test.
Booking a new driving testYou cannot currently book a new driving test if you did not have a test booked before lockdown.Driving tests will be carried out for people who had their test cancelled because of coronavirus as a priority.Check back or sign up for email alerts to find out when you can book a new driving test.
When you come for your driving testDo not arrive for your driving test more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.The driving test centre waiting room will be closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but the toilets will be available on request.
Keeping you safe when you take your testDVSA has introduced social distancing measures and safety precautions. These include: driving examiners wearing face coverings – they might also choose to wear gloves and use disposable seat covers limiting the number of people arriving for a driving test at the same time not allowing your driving instructor or supervising driver to sit in the back during your test
Wearing a face coveringYou must bring and wear a face covering when you come for your test, unless you have a good reason not to. This includes if:you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face coveringputting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distressyou need to remove it during your test to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or othersYou need to say if you have a good reason not to wear a face covering when you arrange your test.Your test will be cancelled if you come for your test without a face covering and you did not declare you could not wear one when you arranged your test.You will need to remove your face covering briefly so your driving examiner can check your ID.Find out how to wear and make a cloth face covering.
During your driving testIf you have a problem with your face covering during the test, your driving examiner will ask you to stop so you can adjust it. Your driving examiner will end the test early if it becomes a safety issue.If you make a mistakeYou can carry on if you make a mistake during your driving test.If you make a serious or dangerous fault, which means you’ve failed, your driving examiner will direct you back to the driving test centre, where the test will end. This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle. Find out more about how the car driving test works. At the end of your testYour driving examiner will:ask you to get out of your vehicle before they give you your test result feedbackask if you want your instructor to come over to listen to the feedback if it’s safe to do soThis is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.
If your theory test certificate expiresYou need to have passed a theory test in the last 2 years to be able book most types of driving tests.Legally, your theory test certificate cannot be extended in any circumstances.You’ll need to book and pay to take another theory test.You can book a new theory test up to 6 months before your current theory test certificate expires, or at any time after it’s expired.Apply for an emergency driving test if you’re a critical workerYou can apply for an emergency test if you urgently need a test because you’re classed as a critical worker. This includes if you work in:health and social careeducation and childcarekey public serviceslocal and national government
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