Driving Test Pass Rates By Age

Detailed in this section are the official Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) driving test pass rates by age. Dates range from the months April 2016 through to March 2017.

Statistics are a combination of male and female test candidates where tests are taken throughout all UK practical driving test centres.

In the table below, there is statistical data marked ‘unidentified’. Data is not obtained for statistical purposes for unidentified test candidates who have used a licence that has not been issued by the DVLA and their age is not known.

It is widely known that younger people tend to require fewer driving lessons and will often stand a better chance of passing the driving test on first attempt. As can be seen for a comparison by the table data below, those that are 17 years oldĀ have almost 10% greater chance of passing the test than that of an 25 year old.

Driving Test Pass Rates By Age

Statistics detail the age of the test candidate, the total amount of driving tests taken, the total amount of test passes and the pass rate for that age group.

AgeConductedPassesPass rate (%)
16754661.3
17295,139 167,524 56.8
18249,544 123,075 49.3
19142,158 66,984 47.1
20103,098 48,057 46.6
2188,416 41,736 47.2
2280,237 38,525 48.0
2371,008 33,637 47.4
2462,638 29,654 47.3
2555,963 26,137 46.7
2651,365 23,610 46.0
2746,068 20,627 44.8
2843,657 19,450 44.6
2941,042 18,021 43.9
3039,804 17,012 42.7
3137,301 15,726 42.2
3234,890 14,480 41.5
3332,709 13,548 41.4
3430,072 12,193 40.5
3527,354 11,104 40.6
3625,224 9,951 39.5
3721,463 8,397 39.1
3818,680 7,215 38.6
3916,252 6,061 37.3
4014,474 5,406 37.3
4112,988 4,738 36.5
4211,466 4,132 36.0
439,671 3,558 36.8
449,042 3,310 36.6
457,742 2,808 36.3
466,968 2,517 36.1
476,059 2,253 37.2
485,332 1,964 36.8
494,588 1,621 35.3
504,022 1,451 36.1
513,608 1,313 36.4
523,201 1,140 35.6
532,680 98336.7
542,381 82634.7
552,158 72233.5
561,927 65433.9
571,574 54234.4
581,185 42435.8
5998134835.5
6078027034.6
61+3,945 1,415 35.9
Unidentified7342.9
Total1,730,936 815,168 47.1

Male and Female Driving Test Pass Rates Based on Age

For specific male or female driving test pass rates based on age, see:

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