Driving tests in London

Driving Test in London

Driving tests in London can be a more challenging than many of the other areas that DVSA practical test centres are located. Statistically the driving test pass rates for the London test centres show this. This is due to the higher volume of traffic in London compared to other areas. Driving technique by many drivers can also be much more aggressive and frantic in London which gives learner drivers far less time to think which can lead to more mistakes being made.

If you are struggling to pass the driving test in London, it may be worth considering taking the test in another area, where traffic may be less dense and motorists a little more relaxed (see driving test centres for a list of centre within the UK). If you have friends or family in other areas, perhaps stay with them for a few days to take driving lessons in that area before the test.

Taking driving lessons in the area will allow you to become accustomed with the test routes and improve your chances for passing.


It is important that you take with you your provisional driving licence, both the card and the paper counterpart. Failure to take these or an acceptable form of identification will result in a termination of the driving test and you will lose the driving test fee. Although not essential, also take your theory test pass certificate and the driving test confirmation letter or print the e-mail the DVSA sent you. If any complications arise, these should help to resolve them.


Book a driving test by phone
Driving tests in London can be particularly challenging due to the quantity of past paced traffic. Whilst making a test booking, it can often be beneficial to schedule your test for the quieter times of the day. Practical driving tests are easily booked by the two available methods detailed below.

Practical driving tests in the UK are booked via the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Driving tests can be booked by telephone or via the internet (see below). To book a test at any of the London Driving Test Centres, see the book a driving test section for booking contact telephone numbers. This is an automated service, though a DVSA assistant can be reached by following the options provided.

Book your driving test online
The most popular method for booking a practical test is via the internet. Upon making a booking, the available times and dates will be displayed for your chosen test centre. To make a test booking at any of the London Driving Test Centres, see the book a driving test section.

Rescheduling or cancelling the driving test
Driving Tests can be rescheduled or cancelled. Changing your driving test date can be done providing three working days’ notice is given. To cancel your test and receive a full refund from DVSA bookings, three working days’ notice must also be provided. Saturdays are also classed as a working day.


Pass rates vary from each test centre, often due to the difficulty of the test routes. Busier areas such as those in London can be slightly lower than in other areas. Some test candidates choose a test centre outside of their location due to the type roads that are taken on the test. The driving test pass rates section may show driving test pass rate statistics for your practical test centre.


A member of staff can be contacted at your test centre to inquire on any general driving test questions you may have, for example if a test is still going ahead due to bad weather (See driving tests in bad weather for further information). Practical driving test can only be booked, cancelled or amended via the DVSA directly however. See above for details. The London Driving Test Centres contact telephone numbers may be located within the driving test centre contact numbers section or obtained from your driving test confirmation letter or email.

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