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18 Jun 2020


Driving tests are currently suspended due to coronavirus - but you can apply for an emergency test if you’re a critical worker.


If your driving test was cancelled

What happens next will depend on what type of test you had booked.

If you had:

  • a car driving test booked, you will need to choose a new date and time for your test when driving tests restart
  • a motorcycle, lorry, bus, tractor or approved driving instructor (ADI) test booked, it will not be rebooked for you - you’ll get a full refund and have to book again later

Car driving tests

You were sent an email with a new date and time for your test when it was originally cancelled.

However, driving tests have not yet been able to restart.

This means that your test will not go ahead on the rescheduled date you were given.

  • The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will email you again when the government is confident that it’s safe to restart driving tests. You’ll then be asked to go online and choose your preferred date and time for your test.

You will be given priority for the available appointments


If you want to cancel your car driving test

You can cancel your test if you want to get a full refund now. Email DVSA to request this.

You need to include your full name and 2 of the following pieces of information:

  • your driving licence number
  • your theory test pass certificate number
  • your driving test booking reference

DVSA customer services -

Other types of driving tests

If you had booked any other types of test (for example, a motorcycle or lorry test), the test will be cancelled and you’ll get a full refund.

You’ll then need to book another test when the booking service is available again.

  • You cannot book a future driving test date
  • You cannot currently book a new driving test.

When driving tests start again, people who had their test cancelled will be given priority. This means you’ll have to wait longer than usual.


If your theory test certificate expires soon

Legally, your theory test certificate cannot be extended in any circumstances.

  • You’ll need to book and pay to take another theory test.
  • You need to pass this before you can book your driving test.

Critical workers can apply for an emergency driving test

You can apply for an emergency test if you’re classed as a critical worker. This includes if you work in:

  • health and social care
  • education and childcare
  • key public services
  • local and national government
  • food and other necessary goods
  • public safety and national security
  • transport
  • utilities, communication and financial services