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Detailed guide: Coronavirus: driving tests (England)

Driver Vehicle Standards Agency

July 9
17:43 2020

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This page tells you about driving tests in England during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Car driving tests will restart in England on Wednesday 22 July 2020 with new social distancing and safety precautions in place. These will only be for people who had their driving test cancelled because of coronavirus to begin with.

Driving tests are still suspended in:

Theres separate guidance about theory tests in England.

When driving tests will restart

Test type Date tests will restart
Car Wednesday 22 July 2020
Motorcycle module 1 and 2 Monday 13 July 2020
Lorry, bus and coach Monday 13 July 2020
Car and trailer Monday 13 July 2020
Tractor and specialist vehicle Monday 6 July 2020
Approved driving instructor (ADI) part 2 test (driving ability) Wednesday 22 July 2020
ADI part 3 test (instructional ability) To be confirmed
ADI standards check To be confirmed

Arrange your driving test appointment

If your car driving test was cancelled due to coronavirus, you were sent an email with a new date and time for your test.

The new date you were given will not go ahead. This includes if the new date you were given was from 22 July. Do not go for your test on that date.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will email you again soon to ask you to go online and choose your preferred date and time for your test.

When you arrange your test, youll need to say if theres a good reason you cannot wear a face covering when you take your test.

Graphic of a phone with a caption that says 'Youll get an email to ask you to choose a date for your new test'

Booking a new driving test

You cannot currently book a new driving test if you did not have a test booked before lockdown.

Driving tests will be carried out for people who had their test cancelled because of coronavirus as a priority.

Check back or sign up for email alerts to find out when you can book a new driving test.

When you come for your driving test

Do not arrive for your driving test more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.

The driving test centre waiting room will be closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but the toilets will be available on request.

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Keeping you safe when you take your test

DVSA has introduced social distancing measures and safety precautions.

These include:

  • driving examiners wearing face coverings - they might also choose to wear gloves and use disposable seat covers
  • limiting the number of people arriving for a driving test at the same time
  • not allowing your driving instructor or supervising driver to sit in the back during your test

Wearing a face covering

You must bring and wear a face covering when you come for your test, unless you have a good reason not to. This includes if:

  • you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
  • you need to remove it during your test to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others

You need to say if you have a good reason not to wear a face covering when you arrange your test.

Your test will be cancelled if you come for your test without a face covering and you did not declare you could not wear one when you arranged your test.

You will need to remove your face covering briefly so your driving examiner can check your ID.

Find out how to wear and make a cloth face covering.

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During your driving test

If you have a problem with your face covering during the test, your driving examiner will ask you to stop so you can adjust it. Your driving examiner will end the test early if it becomes a safety issue.

If you make a mistake

You can carry on if you make a mistake during your driving test.

If you make a serious or dangerous fault, which means youve failed, your driving examiner will direct you back to the driving test centre, where the test will end. This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.

Find out more about how the car driving test works.

At the end of your test

Your driving examiner will:

  • ask you to get out of your vehicle before they give you your test result feedback
  • ask if you want your instructor to come over to listen to the feedback if its safe to do so

This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.

When you must not come for your test

You must not come for your driving test if:

You have to stay at home (self-isolate).

Change your driving test appointment if you need to self-isolate on the day of your driving test.

You can do this free of charge if youre self-isolating, including if you do it at short notice (within 3 clear working days of the test).

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If youre classed as clinically extremely vulnerable fr

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