THE DVSA PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST - GENERAL INFORMATION
THE COST OF THE DVSA PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST (CAR)
£75.00 WEEKENDS / WEEKDAY EVENINGS
The DVSA Practical Driving Test has been designed to see if you can apply your driving skills safely and competently when driving generally and carrying out set manoeuvres.
THE DRIVING TEST is approximately 40 minutes in duration and will be taken at your local DVSA Test Centre by a DVSA Examiner.
THROUGHOUT THE TEST the examiner will monitor your practical knowledge and understanding of the Highway Code.
TEST ROUTES will involve town driving, single and dual carriageway roads outside 30 mph limits.
ONLY APPLY FOR YOUR DVSA PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST WHEN YOUR INSTRUCTOR INFORMS YOU THAT YOU ARE AT THE APPROPRIATE TEST STANDARD
TO GO TO YOUR DVSA PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST WHEN NOT AT THE EXPECTED TEST STANDARD WILL ONLY RESULT IN FAILURE AND DISAPPOINTMENT
On the day of your PRACTICAL DRIVING TEST, you will need to take the following driving documents listed below:
Your PLASTIC PHOTOCARD LICENCE
(If you have the old-style PAPER licence without a photo you must bring the licence and a VALID PASSPORT as proof of identity)
Your Hazard Perception & Theory PASS CONFIRMATION LETTER
(Your old-style Hazard Perception & Theory PASS CERTIFICATE)
A printed version of the TEST APPOINTMENT CONFIRMATION or have a copy of the BOOKING REFERENCE NUMBER
(Just in case there is a problem with the booking at the DVSA Test Centre)
Please note: If you do not show the required documents you will not be allowed to take the test and you will lose your fee.
You are allowed to take someone with you on the test, this person must be over 16 years old and cannot take any part in the test.
Your examiner will meet you in the test candidates waiting room at the test centre and ask you for your driving documents to check their validity and to confirm your current address. You will be asked to sign the residency and insurance declaration box in the top left hand corner of the driving test report form, at this point you will be asked if you want your instructor or anyone to go with you on the driving test, answer accordingly, if not, you will then be asked, do you want your instructor present for the debrief, then you will leave the waiting room to go out to your car. Take all of your driving documents with you as the examiner will need them at the end of the test if you pass.
Outside in the car park area, your examiner will ask you to read a car registration number plate from the required minimum distance of 20 metres (new-style number plate) or 20.5 metres (old-style number plate). You will be allowed up to 3 attempts on different number plates, if you fail to read the third number plate the driving test will not continue.
Before you start driving the examiner will ask one "TELL ME" question relating to vehicle safety checks and maintenance (where you explain how you would carry out a safety task)
While you are driving the examiner will ask one "SHOW ME" question (where you show how you would carry out a safety task)
If one or both "Show me" "Tell me" questions are answered incorrectly, one driving fault (MINOR) will be recorded.
The "Show me" "Tell me" questions fit into 4 different categories:
* UNDER THE BONNET
* INSIDE THE CAR
After completing the "Tell me" section you will get in the car and the examiner will explain how the driving test will be carried out.
You will be asked to start the car and then move off following the examiners directions.
Test routes are designed to be as uniform as possible and will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions.
General driving ability will be assessed continuously throughout the test and you will be asked to stop at the side of the road numerous times in a safe, convenient and legal position (SCALP).
When you are driving on the test you will be asked a "Show me" question (where you show how you would carry out a safety task)
At some point you will be asked to complete one of the following set manoeuvres:
BAY PARK - REVERSE Left or Right within the DVSA Test Centre car park
- FORWARDS Left or Right within an appropriate car park whilst driving on test.
PARALLEL PARK - Behind a parked car at the roadside on the left.
PULLING UP ALONGSIDE THE RIGHT KERB - Then reversing approximately 2 car lengths along the kerb and then rejoining traffic on the left side of the road.
IN ADDITION, every third candidate throughout the test day is asked to perform an EMERGENCY STOP as a second manoeuvre.
During the INDEPENDENT DRIVE you drive by following directions from a SAT NAV
PLEASE NOTE: 1 in 5 tests will use verbal directions, using traffic signs, directions from a map or a combination of both.
To help you understand where you are going when following verbal directions, the examiner will show you a diagram.
It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way - that can happen to the most experienced drivers.
Independent driving is not a test of your orientation and navigation skills.
Driving independently means making your own decisions - this includes deciding when it's safe and appropriate to ask for confirmation about where you're going.
Please note: The maximum amount of directions you will have to remember is three.
Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set manoeuvres.
The examiner will record any MINOR, SERIOUS or DANGEROUS driving faults on the DVSA iPad.
The examiner will verbally inform you of your test result at the end of the test, your driving instructor can be present for the debrief if you wish.
The DVSA will provide you with confirmation of the driving test result via email, this will reach you approximately 1-hour after the test.
Sometimes the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has to cancel driving tests at short notice.
If your test is cancelled at short notice, you might be able to claim for any out-of-pocket expenses you had to pay.
How to apply for out-of-pocket expenses for a cancelled driving test
DVSA does not pay expenses if your test was cancelled because of bad weather.
You can download a claim form to apply for out-of-pocket expenses if DVSA cancelled your driving test at 'short notice'.
What 'short notice' means
'Short notice' means giving you less than three clear working days' notice that your driving test is cancelled. Working days include Saturdays, but don't include public holidays.
When DVSA can and can't pay expenses
DVSA will refund certain expenses that you had to pay on the day of the test if they cancelled your test at short notice. However, DVSA does not pay expenses if your test was cancelled because of:
- bad weather
- poor light
Where to send your claim form
You should send your claim form and any supporting documents to:
- DVSA, Customer Service Department, PO Box 381, Salford, Manchester, M50 3UW - for cancelled theory tests
- DVSA, PO Box 280, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE99 1FP - for cancelled practical tests
- Download 'Application for out-of-pocket expenses for a cancelled driving test' (PDF, 172K) Opens new window