Did you have a theory or driving test booked before COVID-19 lockdown?

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Here are the facts about how the current climate might affect your tests

The global pandemic has affected almost every aspect of our lives and driving tests are no exception.

Below we have pulled together some of the facts around driving test cancellations and postponements. It is important to note that tests are still available for critical workers.

Theory test changes

All theory tests are cancelled up to and including Monday 20 April 2020.

If you booked a theory test up to this date you will be refunded and will later receive an email to re-book the test.

You are also allowed to book, change or cancel tests from April 21 onwards. However due to the ever-changing landscape around the pandemic, there is no guarantee this would go ahead.

If your theory test certificate expires soon, legally it cannot be extended under any circumstances. You will need to book and pay to take another theory test. However the certificate does last for up to two years.

Practical test changes

If you have a practical exam booked that has been cancelled, the test will automatically be re-booked free of charge.

According to current advice, driving tests are likely to resume in three months’ time. You can expect an email two weeks before your original test date.

If you plan to cancel your test you will need to include your full name and have two of the following pieces of information;

  • Your driving license number
  • Your theory test pass certificate number
  • Your driving test booking reference number.

Priority will be given to those whose test was cancelled. This sadly means the wait will be longer for those choosing to cancel. For drivers looking to book a new driving test, this is currently unavailable.

However you can still get an emergency test during the suspension period if your work is crucial to the COVID-19 response or you work in a critical sector.

To keep up to date with any changes and for more information, see gov.uk