DVSA – Driving test booking service: update

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has reopened the booking service on Monday 7 September 2020 for new bookings.

The driving test booking service re-opened to the general public at 8am on Monday 7 September 2020 for new bookings in England, Scotland and Wales.

The service is only taking bookings for the next 6 weeks.

Candidates in Scotland will be able to book new tests from Monday 7 September 2020 for tests from 14 September 2020.

From Monday 14 September 2020, DVSA will extend the availability period of tests from 6 weeks to 18 weeks in advance.

This will add over 375,000 more new and rescheduled test appointments between 14 September 2020 and 21 January 2021.

As well as increasing the availability of tests to 18 weeks in advance, DVSA are increasing the number of tests each examiner carries out from 5 to 6 car tests a day. This will increase the number of testing slots available for candidates to book.

Booking your driving test

You’ll only be able to see and book appointments available within the next 6 weeks.

This means you must be ready to take your driving test within that time. If you’re not ready, do not try to book now.

The service will show you available appointments at your other nearest driving test centres if your preferred choice is fully booked.

All the available appointments are shown on the online service. The DVSA customer service centre does not have access to any other appointments, so please do not call them.

You can also check if driving tests are available at driving test centres before you book.

There is no ‘waiting list’ or ‘cancellation list’ for driving tests – you can only book the appointments you can see online.

Practise with your driving instructor

It is vital that you are test-ready if you want to book now, as tests could be at short notice.

On average fewer than 50% pass their driving test and there could be long waiting times for a retest – you should only book when you are confident you can pass.

DVSA encourages you to spend time practising on a variety of roads and in different driving conditions with your driving instructor before you book your test.

More information
Check GOV.UK for the latest about:
• theory tests
• driving tests
• instructor guidance
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