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Update from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Theory test certificates on driving tests
We wanted to confirm that your pupils should still bring their theory test certificates if they have a paper version.
However if they can’t find it, they don’t need to order a replacement before coming to test.
Your pupils will still need to have a valid theory test certificate before booking and taking their test.
If they don’t have a valid theory test pass, they should not attempt to take their test. The driving test pass will not be valid and they will not be given a full licence.
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.
There are 5 parts to the driving test:
- an eyesight check
- ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
- general driving ability
- reversing your vehicle
- independent driving
The test is the same for both manual and automatic cars.
How long the test lasts
You’ll drive for around 40 minutes.
You’ll drive for around 70 minutes if you’re taking an extended driving test because you’ve been banned from driving.
You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:
- 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
- 5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate
New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, such as AB51 ABC.
You’ll fail your driving test if you fail the eyesight check. The test will end.
‘Show me, tell me’ questions
You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
You’ll be asked the:
- ‘tell me’ question at the start of your test, before you start driving
- ‘show me’ question while you’re driving
Your general driving ability
You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, but not on motorways.
The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. Driving test routes are not published, so you cannot check them before your test.
Pulling over at the side of the road
You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including:
- normal stops at the side of the road
- pulling out from behind a parked vehicle
- a hill start
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
Reversing your vehicle
The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:
- parallel park at the side of the road
- park in a parking bay – either by driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)
- pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for around 2 car lengths, and rejoin the traffic
You’ll have to drive for about 20 minutes by following either:
- directions from a sat nav
- traffic signs
The examiner will tell you which you have to follow.
They’ll set the sat nav up for you. You cannot use your own sat-nav.
If you cannot see traffic signs
If you cannot see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.
Going off the route
The examiner will not give you a fault for taking a wrong turning.
They’ll help you get back on the route if you do.
If you make mistakes during your test
You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it’s not serious.
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
Warwick Driving Test Centre
Ground Floor, Wedgnock House, Wedgnock Ln, Warwick CV34 5AP
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