Taking The Theory Test

Anyone must take and pass a driving theory test before booking their practical test. There is a cost and the test has to be taken at a driving theory test centre. To find a centre, see: www.gov.uk/driving-theory-test-centre 

You'll need to tell the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) about any access needs or other needs you have that will need to be met for you to be able to take so that the test centre can provide them. Contact the DVSA on: 0300 200 1122. The test can be booked online at: www.gov.uk/book-theory-test

There are two parts to the test: a multiple-choice section and hazard perception. For information on preparing for the test, please see: www.gov.uk/driving-theory-test/preparing-for-the-theory-test

Once you’ve passed the theory test (and it’s not uncommon to have to try more than once or twice), you have two years to pass the practical test. If you let it go longer than this, you have to take it again. 

Page last updated: July 2019