The Scottish government has confirmed that driving tests in Scotland can restart from Monday 14 September 2020.

New tests in Scotland can be booked from Monday 7 September 2020.

Scottish candidates with a test on hold

Tomorrow (Saturday 29 August 2020) we will email candidates in Scotland whose tests were put on hold due to COVID-19 to invite them to choose a new test.

This will give them priority to choose a test ahead of candidates making new bookings on 7 September for tests from 14 September 2020.

The email will include a link to choose a new test date. Only candidates who have a test on hold will be able to use this, not candidates who want to book a new test.

They will need to go online and choose a new test date.

Queuing times are likely to increase from 8am on Tuesday 1 September 2020 when new test slots are made available to book for candidates in England and Wales – as they use the same system.

All available appointments will be shown on the online service. Do not contact our customer service centre as they will not be able to book any alternative test slots.

Remote sites

Remote test centres in Scotland will remain closed due to health and safety reasons, so test slots will not be available to book at these centres. We will let you know when these sites can reopen.

Making sure your pupils are ready
It’s important that you speak to your pupils before they rebook their tests to make sure:
• they are ready to take their test
• you are available to take them

As examiners will only be at test centres when they have a test booked, we have increased the minimum notice period for booking a test from 60 minutes to 10 hours.

Wearing a face covering

All candidates must wear a face covering when taking their driving test, unless they have a good reason not to. This includes if:
• they have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means they cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
• putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause them severe distress

When they arrange their test, they’ll need to say if there’s a good reason they cannot wear a face covering. The email will tell them how to do this.

What your pupils can expect when taking their test

We’ve published guidance on GOV.UK about what your pupils can expect on the day of their test.



More information
Check GOV.UK for the latest about:
• theory tests
• driving tests
• instructor guidance
The NJC continues to be dedicated to help you in these challenging times and we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.  Please feel free to contact us for help and support.


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