Booking the Driving Test
You can obtain a driving test application form (DL26) from your driving instructor, any driving or theory test centre or by telephoning the driving test enquiry line on 0870 0101 372, between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. If you are deaf and need a minicom machine telephone 0870 0106 372. If you are able to pay by credit or debit card you can book a driving test appointment direct on the same numbers without the need to complete an application form. Alternatively, you can book online here.
You will however, need to quote your driver number from your provisional driving licence, your theory test pass certificate number and your driving school code if you are being trained by a professional driving instructor. Upon booking you will be given a booking number and sent an appointment card as confirmation within a few days.
Cancelling a Test
You are required to give a minimum of 3 clear working days notice of your decision to cancel or postpone your test; otherwise you will lose your test fee. If you are unwell on the day of the test and can get a doctor to verify this, the DSA will refund the test fee.
At the Test Centre
You must take the following items with you to the test centre.
1. Your theory test pass certificate;
2. Both parts of your signed photocard driving licence
3. Your test appointment letter (if you have it)
The Driving Test
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) driving test for car drivers is about 40 minutes long. After signing your name and checking the licence, the examiner will ask you to read the number plate and ask you ‘Show me’ and ‘Tell me’ questions.
During this time the examiner will try to ensure that you cover a wide variety of different road conditions. From quiet low speed roads to busy high-speed roads and town or city centre driving. You will be required to undertake several set manoeuvres.
The examiner may require you to undertake two of the following manoeuvres and optionally the emergency stop:
– Reverse parking behind a parked car or into a parking bay.
– Reversing round a corner.
– Turn in the road
During the test the examiner will tell you in good time which way to go.
Driving Test Centres
42 Bayton Road, Coventry, West Midlands, CV7 9EJ
54 Vernons Lane, Stocking Ford, Nuneaton, CV10 8AA
Aspect House, 66B Somers Road, Rugby, CV22 7DH
Unit 7 Charles Court, Budbrooke Road, Warwick, CV34 5LZ