Driving theory tests can be booked and taken at any of the UK Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) driving theory test centres, regardless of where you live or the address displayed your driving licence.
When attending your theory test booking, remember to take along your driving licence, the plastic card part as you may be refused the test and you will lose your booking fee. If your licence originally came with a paper counterpart, you must also take this. If you have lost it, apply for a new driving licence which should arrive within two weeks. New licenses do not come with the paper part.
Once you have booked your theory test, the DVSA will email you confirmation for the date, time and test centre.
It’s advisable to print and take this along with your licence to your booking appointment. Should any complications arise, these should help to resolve them.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BOOK A DRIVING THEORY TEST
To book a driving theory test you will need to have at hand your:
- Great Britain or Northern Ireland driving licence number
- credit or debit card
- email address for confirmation to be sent. You cannot book a theory test without this
How do I book a driving theory test
Two methods are available for booking a theory test. You have a choice of booking the test by telephone or the more popular option of booking online.
Book a driving theory test by telephone
A theory test telephone booking can be made by calling the DVSA‘s automated telephone booking line on 0300 200 1122. If you have any issues, a DVSA member of staff can be contacted by listening to the options provided. From April 2013, you are able to book a driving test by telephone between the hours of 8am and 12pm.
Book a driving theory test online
To book a driving theory test online, visit the DVSA online booking service. Booking a driving theory test online can be completed via desktop computers, tablets or mobile devices.
What will I be asked when booking a driving theory test
You will be asked a series of questions to provide information. The questions you will be required to answer are:
- your details and driving licence details
- the test centre you wish to take your test at
- the time and date you wish to book a driving test
- credit or debit card details
How long does it take to book a driving theory test
It will take approximately 10 minutes to book a driving theory test. Ensure you have your Great Britain or Northern Ireland driving licence number and credit or debit card at hand and once you have booked the theory test, check your email for confirmation.
How long do i have to wait for a driving theory test
In most cases the waiting times for theory tests are two to three days although this can be longer in busier areas.
Can I change my driving theory test time and date
You can change the time and date of your driving theory test. To change your test date, you must allow at least three working days notice. Saturdays are classed as a working day. You will be unable to change your driving test date unless the applicable notice is provided.
Can I cancel my driving theory test
You can cancel your driving theory test and claim a full refund providing you allow at least three clear working days notice. Saturdays are classed as a working day. You will not be able to claim a refund unless the applicable notice is provided.
I Failed The driving theory test how long to retake
If you fail the driving theory test, you will need to wait a minimum of three clear working days before you can take another test.
Theory test and test centre enquiries
Person Professional manage the theory test centres throughout the UK. If you have enquiries regarding your UK theory test or theory test booking, you can email Pearson: email@example.com. Person Professional may also be contacted on 0800 093 4520.
Book a driving theory test in Northern Ireland
To book a Northern Ireland driving theory test online. You will need:
- a valid credit or debit card
- your driving licence number (which is on your driving licence)
It’s best to make a note or print of your theory test appointment time and date in case you forget it. To book a theory driving test in Northern Ireland, please visit the online booking form. Northern Ireland theory test telephone booking line – 0845 600 6700 – you may book by calling from 8.00am to 4.00pm from Monday to Friday, with the exception of Bank Holidays.