Booking Your Practical Driving Test

You can obtain a driving test application form (DL26) from your driving instructor, any driving or theory test centre by telephoning the driving test enquiry line or
you can book on-line Click Here To Book Now

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You can obtain a driving test application form (DL26) from your driving instructor, any driving or theory test centre or by telephoning the driving test enquiry line on 0870 0101 372, between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Welsh speakers can also book on 0870 0100 372. If you are deaf and need a minicom machine telephone 0870 0106 372. If you are ableto pay by credit or debit card you can book a driving test ppointment direct on the same numbers without the need to complete an application form. You will however, need to quote your driver number from your provisional driving licence, your theory test pass certificate number and your driving school code if you are being trained by a professional driving instructor. Upon booking you will be given a booking number and sent an appointment card as confirmation within a few days.

Cancelling a Test

You are required to give a minimum of ten clear working days notice of your decision to cancel or postpone your test; otherwise you will lose your test fee. If you are unwell on the day of the test and can get a doctor to verify this, the DSA will refund the test fee.

Special Requirements

The DSA are required to make every effort to ensure that all candidates can take the driving test. However, it is important that you discuss your needs with them when booking the test.

If you cannot speak English or are deaf you are allowed to bring an interpreter with you who must be at least 16 years of age and cannot be a driving instructor.

If you are disabled you will receive the same test, however, more time will be allocated so that you can explain the nature of your disability and describe any special adaptations fitted to your vehicle.

At the Test Centre

You must take the following items with you to the test centre.

  1. Your theory test pass certificate;
  2. Both parts of your signed photocard driving licence or your signed driving licence and photographic identification. Acceptable forms of photographic identification include:
    • Your photocard driving licence.
    • Your passport, which doesn’t have to be a British passport.
    • An employers identity or workplace pass bearing your photograph and name or signature or both.
    • Trade union card bearing your photograph and signature.
    • School Bus Pass bearing the name of the issuing authority and your photograph and signature.
    • A signed photograph, together with a suitable statement (as shown opposite) from a recognised figure of authority.
    • Acceptable figures who can certify you as being the named person include: Approved Driving Instructor, Member of
    • Parliament, medical practitioner, teacher (qualified), Justice of the Peace, police officer, civil servant (established), bank official, minister of religion, barrister or solicitor.
    • It is extremely important that you arrive in good time at the test centre so that the above documents can be checked. If you arrive after the start time you will not be allowed to sit the test and you will lose your test fee.

Your Test Vehicle

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The vehicle you intend to drive must be legally roadworthy, has a current MOT certificate if over the prescribed age and be fully covered by
insurancefor its present use and for you to drive. The driver will be asked to sign a declaration that the cars insurance is in order. The test will not be conducted if you are unwilling to do this. Hire cars are unlikely to be insured for this purpose.

Your test vehicle should also display a valid tax disc and L-plates or alternatively D-plates in Wales to the front and the rear. Your vehicle must also have a properly fitted head restraint and a fully functioning seat belt fitted to the front passenger seat and an additional interior rear – view mirror for suitable use by the examiner. If you overlook any of the above your test will be cancelled and you will lose your fee.

Saturday and Evening Tests

Some test centres operate Saturday tests and in summer, when it is light, evening test at an extra cost.