Covid-19: Latest Updates On Driving Tests

Last Updated: 11/06/2020

When the UK went into lockdown earlier this year, many parts of our normal everyday life were changed overnight.

If you were learning to drive when lockdown was instigated, then you were almost certainly impacted.

The government immediately called a half to driving tests, both practical and theory.

So, as we move into mid-June, we’re just about three months on from that initial move into lockdown.

Generally speaking, some of the restrictions have now started to be eased, but where does that leave you if you are looking to take your driving test?

Latest Situation

As it currently stands, all practical driving tests are currently suspended until further notice.

No date has been placed upon when practical driving tests will once again be available.

It is hoped that as the UK continues to ease restrictions, the DVSA will reinstate the practical element of driving tests, however, if you are a key worker and need your car or vehicle for transport to your job, then you may be to still take your test as a special exemption.

Contact the DVSA for more information about this and to apply for an emergency driving test.

If you’re waiting to sit your theory test, there may be some positive news ahead.

The DVSA states that theory tests are currently suspended until 3rd July 2020.

Feasibly, you will be able to book a theory test in for after this date and we would assume that if that goes ahead then social distancing measures will be in place.

What Happens If Your Driving Test Was Cancelled?

Of course, many people already had their car driving test booked when lockdown was implemented.

If that applies to you, then your test date will have been cancelled and the DVSA would have automatically mailed you a new date, however, it’s highly likely that the rescheduled date has now been and gone and you will have again had it cancelled.

If that is the case, then the DVSA will be in touch via email again once they know when practical driving tests will resume.

People who had their test cancelled will be given priority with new dates, once they’re available.

If you wish to cancel your driving test altogether, you can do so and receive a full refund.

To do this, you must email the DVSA stating your full name and including any two of the following pieces of information:

  • Your driving licence number
  • Your theory test pass certificate number
  • Your driving test booking reference

This should be emailed to customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk.

If you had booked a test for a different type of vehicle (e.g. tractor, motorcycle, bus, lorry), then unfortunately your test will not have been re-booked for you.

Instead, you will have received a refund and should r-book your test when they are available to book.

Can I Book A New Driving Test?

At the present time, it is not possible to book a new driving test regardless of the vehicle type you’re learning to drive.

Due to the coronavirus situation, it is uncertain as to when testing will resume, therefore there is no way of booking a new test if you did not already have one scheduled before lockdown.

Also, it’s worth keeping in mind that – as we state above – those people who had tests cancelled due to lockdown will be given priority to book new dates once they become available.

Therefore, you may face an additional delay once tests resume before you can book your test.

My Theory Test Certificate Will Expire Soon

If you have been learning to drive for some time and your theory test certificate is due to expire, unfortunately you will have to take the test again.

Even if you initially had a practical test booked within the time-frame of your theory certificate, if that test was cancelled and your certificate has now expired, unfortunately you still need to re-sit the theory test.

No extensions or exemptions have been granted to this.

I’m A Key Worker – How Can I Book A Test?

If you’re a key worker and need to take a driving test in order for you to get to your place of work, then you can apply for an emergency driving test.

To do so, you will need to visit the DVSA website and ensure that your job fits in to one of those classified as a key worker.

They are:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

When Will Driving Tests Resume?

While there is a date of 3rd July currently in place for theory tests, there is no indication of when practical driving tests will resume.

Furthermore, across both tests, it depends on the course of the coronavirus pandemic here in the UK and whether lockdown restrictions need to be maintained or even tightened further.

Be sure to check the DVSA website for updates and keep an eye on government coronavirus briefings for the latest news.

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