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Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID-19): driving tests and theory tests

Driver Vehicle Standards Agency

March 19
21:06 2020

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This page tells you what to if you have a driving test or theory test booked. It will be updated if anything changes.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. Its caused by a virus called coronavirus.

The symptoms are:

  • a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough - this means youve started coughing repeatedly

Latest information

Theory tests

Theory tests have been suspended from Friday 20 March 2020 to Monday 20 April 2020.

Youll automatically get a refund if you had a test booked. Youll get an email to confirm this has been done this may take a few weeks to arrive.

More information will be available in due course. You should not try to rebook your test right now. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will email you when you can book again.

Driving tests

Driving tests due to take place on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March 2020 have been postponed.

DVSA will automatically rebook your test, free of charge, as soon as possible. DVSA will send you another email with the new date and time as soon as its been rebooked.

Check back for the latest updates.

When to stay at home

Stay at home for:

  • 7 days from when your symptoms started if you live alone
  • 14 days from the first day someone in your home becomes ill if you live with others

You must not go to your driving test or theory test if you have to stay at home. Your test will not go ahead if you have these symptoms.

This applies to all types of theory tests, driving tests and approved driving instructor (ADI) standards checks.

For driving tests, this applies to both you and your driving instructor, or anyone accompanying you in the vehicle.

Find out what to do if you have these symptoms on the NHS website.

Cancel or rearrange your driving test if you have coronavirus symptoms

You need to cancel or rearrange your test if you have coronavirus symptoms.

You will be able to do this free of charge, even if its at short notice.

How you do this depends on when your test is.

If your test is more than 3 clear working days away

You can cancel or change your appointment online if its more than 3 clear working days away.

Working days do not include Sundays and public holidays.

Driving tests within the next 3 working days

Email DVSA to cancel or change your appointment if your test is within the next 3 working days.

Youll need to give your:

  • full name (as shown on your driving licence)
  • driving licence number
  • test booking reference

DVSA customer services
customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk

If your test is cancelled by DVSA at short notice

You can apply for a refund of out-of-pocket expenses if DVSA cancels your test at short notice.

Published 17 March 2020
Last updated 19 March 2020 +show all updates
  1. Added information about theory tests being suspended from Friday 20 March to Monday 20 April 2020.

  2. Added information about the postponement of driving tests due to take place on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March 2020.

  3. Updated the contact details to cancel or change your test if you, someone you live with, your instructor or someone they live with have coronavirus symptoms.

  4. First published.

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