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Lost theory certificate

When it comes to booking the practical driving test, you will need your driving licence number, theory test certificate number and theory test pass date.

If you have lost your theory test certificate and do not have a copy of the theory test certificate number, you will need to contact the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) who are responsible for practical driving test and theory test booking.

It is the DSA who also issue theory test certificates and in the case of a lost theory test certificate can issue you a replacement.

The DSA will ask for proof of identity and upon confirmation the DSA will either issue you with a new theory test certificate or tell you what your theory test certificate number is.

Theory test certificate

Can you take the practical driving test
if you have lost the theory test certificate?

Generally speaking yes. The test examiner normally only asks to see your driving licence. In the event of any complications it is recommended that you take along with you your theory test certificate and a print out of the driving test booking confirmation e-mail.

In our experience however, we have never had a examiner ask to see the theory test certificate.

It is important that you take with you your provisional driving licence to your practical driving test.

Both parts of your licence must be taken;

  • the plastic card licence
  • the paper counterpart

If you have the old style driving licence, you will also need to take a valid passport for identification purposes.

Failure to take these items will render your practical driving test terminated and a loss of the test fee.

If your theory test certificate is stolen, the DSA must be contacted immediately via the above contact methods.


Information for lost theory certificate

In the event that you have lost your theory test certificate, contact the DSA between the hours of 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday to Friday.

Address icon Driving Standards Agency
PO BOX 381
M50 3UW
telephone icon 0300 200 1122 Customer enquiries + Test booking
telephone icon 0300 200 1188 Customer enquiries
Email Icon customercare@pearson.com
Website icon www.gov.uk - find lost theory test certificate number