Theory Test

If you are a learner driver you must take and pass your theory test before you book your practical test. If you already have a driving licence you might not have to take another theory test if you want to start driving a different vehicle.

Preparing for the theory test

The driving theory test has two parts, part one is a multiple choice test and part two is a hazard perception test.

To prepare for both parts of the theory test the DSA recommend that all candidates, regardless of driving experience, use the resource material available. The resource material is available from most high street book shops and from the DSA official online bookstore.

How to book, change or cancel your theory test appointment

Theory test appointments can be booked, and subject to three clear working days notice, be changed and cancelled using the online booking service or the telephone. You can also download an application form and apply by post.

The driving licence you need

Before you can take your theory test you’ll need to make sure you have a valid provisional driving licence. You can apply for a provisional driving licence from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The application form D1 can be obtained from your local Post Office.

You can also apply for your Licence on line https://www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence

Once you have a valid provisional driving licence you can book your theory test. Waiting times vary from region to region, but the target is that 95 per cent of theory test candidates receive an appointment date within two weeks of their preferred date.

Booking online

To book a theory test online you’ll need:

  • a valid UK driving licence
  • a valid debit or credit card for payment  (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron, Switch/Maestro and Solo cards are accepted)

To book online anytime go to https://www.gov.uk/book-a-driving-theory-test

Booking by phone

To book a theory test with an operator over the phone you’ll need:

  • a valid UK driving licence
  • a valid debit or credit card for payment  (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron, Switch/Maestro and Solo cards are accepted)

You can book a theory test over the phone using the numbers below, from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm except on Bank Holidays.

Theory test booking line – 0300 200 1122

Welsh language booking line – 0300 200 1133

Minicom booking line – 0300 200 1166

Fax booking line – 0300 200 1177

Booking by post

To book a theory test by post you’ll need an application form. Application forms are available online or on request from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) booking line. Payment can be made by cheque or postal order, but cash payments aren’t accepted.

Cancelling or rescheduling a test

You can reschedule or cancel a test over the phone via the booking line or you can do it online. Providing you give DSA three clear working days notice you can:

  • move or change your appointment
  • cancel your appointment
  • have a full refund of test fee

https://www.gov.uk/change-date-driving-theory-testto check, change or cancel a theory test

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