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  Driving test tips, help & advice for learner drivers
What to expect on the driving test  


What to take to driving test

Learner drivers are usually informed by their driving instructor for what to take to the driving test. It's surprising however the amount of driving tests that examiners refuse to conduct due to a test candidate not taking along the correct documents.

Upon arriving for your driving test, you must take along both parts of your provisional driving licence. This is the plastic photo card and the paper counterpart. If you do not take these, it is highly unlikely the examiner will conduct the test and your test fee will be lost.

If you hold the old style driving licence, you must take this and a valid passport with you.

Do I need to take my theory test certificate to my driving test?

The DSA state that you must also take your theory test certificate to the driving test. In our experience however, examiners rarely ask to see the theory certificate and are happy by seeing the provisional licence only. To be on the safe side, take your theory test certificate with you though.

If you have lost your theory test certificate, try and get a replacement sent to you in time for your practical test. The DSA may either send you a new certificate or provide you with your theory test confirmation number which is sufficient to provide the examiner with on your practical test.

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The lost theory test certificate page provides further information on obtaining these.

Driving test car

Most people taking their driving test use a driving instructors car. If this is the case, you do not need to worry about anything.


If you intend on taking your own car, ensure it is suitably insured, taxed and that the tyres are in good legal condition.

L-plates must also be placed in a clear position on the front and rear of the car and a spare driving test mirror for the examiner must be taken.

Also ensure that your car is in good working condition and that there are no engine management lights on. The examiner is likely to terminate the test if this is the case.

Further information can be found in the car for driving test section on obtaining a suitable car for the driving test.

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