Covid-19: Face Masks Still Necessary For Learner Drivers & Instructors

Last Updated: 16/07/2021

Although many coronavirus restrictions in England were eased from July 19th, 2021, the DVSA has updated its rules when It comes to face masks for learner drivers and their instructors.

Until further notice, all learner drivers and their tutors must still wear face-covering whenever they are together during a lesson or when taking a driving test.

There are medical exemptions to this rule, and they can be highlighted when a test is booked. Medical exemptions could be for anything that makes it difficult for wearing a mask, for example, impairment or disability or mental illness.

Wearing glasses is not accepted by the DVSA as a reasonable argument for turning up to lessons or a test without a face-covering. Learner drivers are advised to get used to driving with a face mask and glasses on prior to taking the practical driving test.

It is extremely important that any learner who has been diagnosed with coronavirus or lives with someone who has, should not continue with their driving lessons or go to their test appointment.

This will reduce the possibility of spreading the virus to others. This also applies to any learners who have to self-isolate because they have been out of the country.

If you cannot go for your test because you’re self-isolating, you can notify the DVSA by email by placing ‘COVID-19 short notice cancellation’ in the subject heading box.

You should also list your driving licence number, your theory test pass certificate number and your driving test booking reference.