Booking your Test
You’ll be put in a queue when you start booking your driving test - you’ll be told how long you’ll need to wait once you begin. This is faster than booking by phone because the phone lines are very busy at the moment.
You can book a test up to 24 weeks in the future. There is no waiting list or cancellation list.
This service is available from 6am to 11:40pm.
Before you start
You need your:
UK driving licence number
credit or debit card
driving instructor’s personal reference number (mine is 851808) if you want to check they’re available
You must have lived in England, Wales or Scotland for at least 185 days in the last 12 months before the day you take your test.
Using your own car for your test
Your car must:
. Be taxed
. Be insured for a driving test (check with your insurance company)
. Be roadworthy and have a current MOT (if it’s over 3 years old)
. Have no warning lights showing, for example, the airbag warning light
. Have no tyre damage and the legal tread depth on each tyre - you cannot have a space-saver spare tyre fitted
. Be smoke-free - this means you cannot smoke in it just before or during the test
. Be able to reach at least 62mph and have an mph speedometer
. Have 4 wheels and a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of no more than 3,500 kg
Cleaning your car
You should tidy your car before your test. This includes removing any rubbish or unnecessary items from the dashboard, footwells, door pockets, cup holders and seats.
Things that must be fitted
. An extra interior rear-view mirror for the examiner
. L-plates (‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales) on the front and rear
. A passenger seatbelt for the examiner and a proper passenger head restraint (not a slip-on type)
Dashcams and other cameras
. You can use a camera fitted for insurance purposes, as long as it:
. Faces outside of the car and does not film the inside
. Does not record audio from inside the car
You can take your test in a hire car if it’s fitted with dual controls and meets all the other rules.
Cars you cannot use
Some cars cannot be used in the test because they do not give the examiner all-round vision.
You cannot use any of the following:
Check if your car can be used before booking a test
You can check if your car can be used by contacting the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
Always check if you want to use a:
You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres.
You must also meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving by having a visual acuity of at least decimal 0.5 (6/12) measured on the Snellen scale (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) using both eyes together or, if you have sight in one eye only, in that eye.
You must also have an adequate field of vision - your optician can tell you about this and do a test.