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Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

It is my reccommendation that you use these links to arrange theory or practical tests. There are some rouge sites around who will take extra money from you to arrange your tests and they will charge a premium for the privilage.

 

Book your theory test online theory booking link

Book your practical online practical driving test

Find your nearest driving test centre

Find your nearest theory test centre

Driving test fees

Relpace a lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed driving licence

Practice your theory test for free.

Rules for cars used for driving tests

There are rules about the car or van you use for your driving test. If your vehicle does not meet the rules, you can't use it for your test. Find out if your vehicle meets the rules.

The vehicle you use for your driving test

Check the rules

If your vehicle doesn't meet the rules:

  • your test will be cancelled
  • you may lose your fee

Most learner drivers take their practical test in their driving instructor's car. However, you can take the test in your own vehicle if it meets certain rules.

Using a manual or automatic vehicle

You can take your driving test in either a manual or automatic vehicle. However, if you pass your test in an automatic you'll only get a licence to drive an automatic.

For driving test purposes:

How to find out if you can use your own vehicle

If you want to use your own vehicle for your driving test, you need to check:

If your vehicle doesn't meet the rules

If your vehicle doesn't meet the rules, you can't use it for your test. If you take a vehicle that doesn't meet the rules:

The rules for vehicles used for driving tests

Don't forget

Your vehicle must be fitted with the following:

  • an interior rear-view mirror for the examiner
  • L-plates

The vehicle you use for your test must:

MAM is the maximum weight of the vehicle including the maximum load that can be carried safely while used on the road. This is also known as 'gross vehicle weight'.

What the vehicle needs to have by law

The vehicle you use must:

Hire cars

You cannot use a hire car that does not have dual controls for a driving test

What the vehicle must be fitted with for the examiner

The vehicle must be fitted with:

Using a hire car for your driving test

You can use a hire car for your test if it meets the following conditions:

You cannot use a hire car that does not have dual controls for a driving test.

Different size wheels and tyres on same axle

The vehicle you use must have the same size wheels and tyres on the same axle, front or back. You can't take your test in a vehicle fitted with a space-saver tyre.

Vehicles fitted with an electronic parking brake

You can use your vehicle for your test if it is fitted with an electronic parking brake.

Vehicle faults that need checking before a driving test

Vehicle faults

You need to check if your vehicle has a known fault that needs to be checked and fixed

You need to check if your vehicle has a known fault that needs to be checked and fixed by the manufacturer. Click on the link to find out:

Vehicles that you can't use for your driving test

Cars you can't use

You can't use these cars for a driving test:

  • BMW Mini convertible
  • Ford KA convertible
  • Toyota iQ
  • VW Beetle convertible

Some vehicles don't meet the rules and can't be used for a driving test. This is because the vehicles don't give the examiner all-round vision.

Generally they are:

Makes and models of cars that can't be used

These makes and models of cars can't be used for a driving test:

If you want to use a convertible car or panel van for your test, check that it's suitable when you book.