COVID-19 Driving Test Guidance

COVID-19 Driving Test Guidance

Given the instructions from DVSA regarding COVID19, we have asked instructors to follow the guidelines for Driving-Tests. We’re supporting the campaign to control the spread.


Arrange your driving test appointment

If your car test was cancelled due to coronavirus, an email was sent to you with a new date and time schedule.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will send an email again soon to ask you to go online and choose your preferred test date and time. When you arrange your test, you’ll need to say if there’s a good reason for not wearing a face-covering during your test.

Booking a new driving test

You can now book a driving test if you did not have a test booked before lockdown. Driving tests will be carried out for people who had their test cancelled because of coronavirus as a priority. Sign up now for the latest email alerts to find out when you can book a driving test.

When you go for your driving test

Do not arrive at your driving test destination more than 5 minutes before your appointment time. You will not be able to use the corresponding driving test centre waiting room. Although, the toilets can be used if requested when you attend the test. Some test centre waiting rooms have to stay close nowadays to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Keeping you safe when you take your test

DVSA has introduced social distancing measures and safety precautions to keep you safe from coronavirus. These include:

  • Driving examiners wearing face coverings
  • Wear gloves and use disposable seat covers
  • Limiting the number of people arriving for the test at the same time
  • Not allowing you’re driving instructor or to sit in the back during your test

You must have a face covering when you come for your test unless you have a solid reason not to do so. This includes if:

  • You are having a physical illness, mental illness, impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on a face covering
  • You need to say if you have a solid reason to not wearing face-coverings when you arrange your test.
  • Your concerned test will be cancelled without your face covering arrival.
  • You will need to remove your face covering once so that your driving examiner can check your ID.

During your driving test

If you have any problem with your face covering during the driving test, your driving examiner will ask you to stop the vehicle so you can adjust it easily. Your driving examiner will try to complete the test early if it becomes a safety issue.

During a driving test, if you make a serious or dangerous fault, which means you’ve failed, your driving examiner will direct you back to the test centre, where the concerned test will end. This is to minimize the amount of time you need to spend on driving.

At the end of your test

Your driving examiner will:

  • ask you to get out of your vehicle before they give you your test result feedback
  • ask if you want your instructor to come over to listen to the feedback if it’s safe to do so

This is to minimize the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.

When you must not come for your test

You must not come for your driving test if:

  • You or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms
  • You’ve been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you’ve been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
  • You have entered or returned to the UK in the last 10 days, except in very limited situations

You have to stay at home (self-isolate).

Change your driving test appointment if you need to self-isolate on the day of your driving test.

You can do this free of charge if you’re self-isolating, including if you do it at short notice (within 3 clear working days of the test).

If you’re classed as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus

If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, you should have received a letter telling you that you’re in this group or have been told by your GP.