DVSA – Scottish Government announcement on temporary lockdown


On 4 January, the Scottish Government announced mainland Scotland would move from Level 4 to a temporary lockdown from 00:01 on 5 January, with new guidance to stay at home except for essential reasons.

These restrictions in mainland Scotland will remain in place until at least 31 January. Some of the Scottish islands will remain at protection Level 3.

You can read more about the measures on the Scottish Government’s website.

Driving lessons

Driving lessons must not take place in mainland Scotland while the restrictions are in place.

You must not travel out of mainland Scotland to give driving lessons.

If you live on an island not in temporary lockdown you can continue to provide lessons to any of your pupils as long as they do not live in an area in lockdown.

Driving tests

All car driving tests are suspended in mainland Scotland while the restrictions are in place. This includes ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks.

As a result of the temporary lockdown travel restrictions our examiners are unable to travel to other areas in lower levels to take driving tests. We are suspending all tests booked in protection level 3, where the examiner is coming from mainland Scotland to deliver the test, until the travel restrictions are lifted.

We’ll email candidates affected by this to let them know we will reschedule their test.

If you have booked a test for any of your pupils, you will receive an email to let you know it will be rescheduled to a new time and date. You will need to contact your pupil to let them know.

We’ll send you an email with the new time and date as soon as possible; please ask your pupils to be patient.

If the new time and date is not suitable for you or your pupil, you can choose a different time and date on GOV.UK. You will need your pupil’s driving licence number to do this. Your pupil does not need to pay again to do this.

Theory tests

All theory tests are suspended in mainland Scotland until the restrictions are lifted.

Theory tests will go ahead in:
• Lerwick
• Kirkwall
• Stornoway

Candidates must not travel out of mainland Scotland to take a theory test.

We will email anyone who has booked a theory test and is affected by this to let them know their theory test is on hold and they need to reschedule it at https://www.gov.uk/change-theory-test.

If you booked your pupil’s theory test, you will need to use the booking system to rearrange their test for a new date and time.

More information

See the Scottish Government website