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Practical Faqs

What documents do I need to bring with me on my Driving Test?

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 Practical 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 Practical 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 Practical Test online?

If for any reasons you wanted to cancel an existing practical 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 Practical 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).

Can I drive any vehicle on my driving 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 loose your test fee. Check with the DVLA to see if your vehicle is suitable to use in the driving test.

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

If you have lost either the paper part of 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 Practical Test has been cancelled, how long will I need to wait until I receive a date for my new test?

If your practical 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 DSA 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.

Can you wear your sunglasses on your driving 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 if you can help.

Where can I find my local driving test routes?

Unfortunately the DSA are no longer publishing test routes since the introduction of Independent Driving.

Will I be able to use a sat nav for my Independent Driving?

No, as Independent Driving test shows how you make your own decisions.