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Driving Test FAQ

Welcome to our Practical Test FAQ page which contains dsome of the most frequently asked questions by learner car drivers.

If you have a question that you can’t find the answer to don’t worry, just drop us a line and we’ll do our very best to get back to you as soon as we can.

What documents do I need to bring with me on my Driving Test?
How can I check my Driving Test details online?
How can I change my Driving Test online?
How can I cancel my Driving Test online?
I’ve failed my Driving Test, when can I apply for a retest?
Can I drive any vehicle on my driving test?
I’ve lost my provisional driving licence (photo card or paper) – what should I do?
My Driving Test has been cancelled, how long will I need to wait until I receive a date for my new test?
How can I overcome driving test nerves?
Can you wear your sunglasses on your driving test?
Does the DVSA offer a discount if I fail my driving test and have to book again?
Where can I find my local driving test routes?
Will I be able to use a sat nav for my Independent Driving?

What documents do I need to bring with me on my Driving Test?

You will need to bring both parts of your photo card driving licence and your Theory Test pass certificate (or confirmation).

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How can I check my Driving Test details online?

You can check your details for an existing practical test booking online. For further information on how to do this visit our Practical Test page.

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How can I change my Driving Test online?

You can change the details of an existing practical test booking online. You need to give at least three clear working days otherwise you will have to pay an additional fee. For further information on how to do this visit our Practical Test page.

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How can I cancel my Driving Test online?

If for any reasons you wanted to cancel an existing practical test booking, you can do so online. Please be aware that unless you leave at least three clear working days before your test, you will lose your test fee. For further information on how to do this visit our Practical Test page.

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I’ve failed my Driving Test, when can I apply for a retest?

If you fail your driving test you can take another after 10 working days (Saturday’s are classed as a working day).

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Can I drive any vehicle on my driving test?

No, you must ensure that your vehicle meets the minimum standards before arriving at the test centre, otherwise your test may be cancelled and you will loose your test fee. Check with the DVLA to see if your vehicle is suitable to use in the driving test.

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I’ve lost my provisional driving licence (photo card or paper) – what should I do?

If you have lost either the paper part of the photo card of your driving licence you must contact the DVLA immediately. You can apply for a replacement licence online via the secure DVLA booking service. Alternatively you can call the DVLA direct on 0300 790 6801. Please note that you are not able to take your Theory or Practical Driving Test without both parts of your driving licence.

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My Driving Test has been cancelled, how long will I need to wait until I receive a date for my new test?

If your practical driving test has been cancelled due to circumstances such as the bad weather, another appointment will be automatically arranged at no further cost to you. However, the DVSA doesn’t pay any out-of-pocket expenses.

A new appointment date is usually sent within three working days but this may take up to seven days during busy periods.

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How can I overcome driving test nerves?

There are various ways that you can help to combat test nerves, but unfortunately what works for one person doesn’t work for another. Check out our test nerves page to see what could work for you.

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Can you wear your sunglasses on your driving test?

Yes you can, but remember that it’s harder for the examiner to see you look in the mirrors, so it’s advisable not to wear them if you can help.

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Does the DVSA offer a discount if I fail my driving test and have to book again?

Unfortunately not – if you fail your driving test and want to take another test you will need to pay the full fee again as the DVSA don’t offer discounts for retests.

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Where can I find my local driving test routes?

Unfortunately the DVSA are no longer publishing test routes since the introduction of Independent Driving.

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Will I be able to use a sat nav for my Independent Driving?

No, as Independent Driving tests how you make your own decisions.

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