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With the increase in dashcams used by driving instructors the question of recording a driving test or having to remove dashcams regularly comes up. There are numerous stories of instructors who have had their dashcam unplugged or removed just before a test by the examiner. With official information from the DVSA we tell you exactly what you can and can not do with regards to dashcams and the driving test.

It is important to note, however that not all driving test examiners will be aware of the official DVSA policy. Remember as an instructor your focus should be solely on your learner who is about to take their test, not on debating about the rules of dashcams. If you do wish to challenge the driving test examiner, which you have every right to do, do this after the test. It does not have to be confrontational or in a way that encourages any sort of altercation, regardless of how unfair or heavy-handed you felt the examiner was.

Officially the DVSA does not allow the recording, either through audio or video of a driving test. In this context, the DVSA are referring to the actions inside the car as constituting the driving test itself. Therefore you are not allowed to film by video or audio the inside of the car at any time during a driving test.

The DVSA have said that a driving examiner will not start the driving test if they know that it’s being recorded without permission and will stop the test if they become aware that it is being recorded inside. The examiner will give the candidate the chance to turn off the recording equipment, however the test will be ended and the candidate will lose their test fee if they can not do this quickly or easily.

In the DVSA’s defence it is completely fair of them to have this stance with regards to filming the inside of a car during a test. They have a duty to protect their driving test examiners from unwanted attention and the right to privacy. Just as a driving instructor has the right not to allow a pupil to film their lessons inside a car, the DVSA feels that the same is applicable to driving test examiners.

It isn’t all bad news though for dash cam enthusiasts. The DVSA make it very clear that cameras fitted for insurance purposes are permitted provided that they are external facing (i.e. not filming the inside of the vehicle) and do not record audio from inside the vehicle.

Therefore a regular dashcam is allowed to be on during a driving test. Typical dashcams do not record the inside of a car nor do they record audio from the inside of the car, though there are some more premium ones that do both.

It is important to note however that the DVSA will not, under any circumstances accept, comment on or review audio or video footage regarding a driving test to facilitate a challenge to the conduct of a test or its result.

It certainly is reasonable for a driving test examiner to ask about a dashcam to ensure that it does not record video or audio inside the vehicle, and it is your responsibility as the driving instructor to provide them with a satisfactory explanation or evidence that the dashcam meets the official DVSA requirements.



  1. You state that ” Remember not every driving test examiner will necessarily be up to date with official DVSA policy.”
    One would have to ask, “Why not?”
    The first duty of an Examiner is to conduct Driving Tests, the second is to be completely up to date with “Pratice & Policy” so as to be able to properly conduct such tests.

  2. Just had a test in Chester Saturday 6th June. Only to be told by the examiner that he had unplugged the dash cam even though it was not recording voice and did not record inside the car. And like many examiners would not have it from me that the DVSA policy said that I could have it on, I didn’t argue but the DVSA should get their finger out and ensure that ALL their employees are up to date with policy after all they are quick to point out when instructors make mistakes.

  3. Had a client on a practical driving test today and he was given a serious fault on left reverse observation , now bare in mind I was observing the test from back seat of car and I saw my client not only do all and more than needed observations he also stopped the car twice to observe. Why am I puting this up? Well if a dash cam was allowed in the car we would have positive evidence the test was mark wrong, or am I the only one who thinks that dash cam use for a test not only safe guards our clients but also the examiner from those few pupils that may loose their head after failing !! Seems to me to be a win win situation for the dash cam recording the tests. Ps we are all recorded when we go into any government building and I’m sure in the test centres, so do we have the right to say no because we want our own personnel security looked at ?????

  4. Had one student on test in Fullerton DMV, my car is equipped with a frontal collision avoidance system and a lane control system, the DMV examiner was insisting that I remove the unit, I explained to him that it was a permanent fixture and could not be removed, the examiner was very aggresive I insisted to meet the manager of DMV, he told me to wait with the student went in to the supervisor office and came back, he was red in the face, apparently the supervisor said that he should know better that the unit in my car was not recording video or audio it was a safety equipment. My student had a very bad experience however he passed the test with flying colors

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