How to book a driving theory test

How to book a driving theory test
If you are a learning to drive, booking your driving theory test will be a big deal. The exam is a major milestone on the journey to passing the test and getting your full driving licence.

However, if you are new to the world of learning to drive, you may not be aware of the costs and documents required to book the test, which is why it's important to do your research before making the theory exam booking.

This guide is designed to help you through the process, so you can book your theory test with confidence and be fully prepared for the all-important event. 

How to book a driving theory test

To book the driving theory test, you must have a valid provisional driving licence and have lived in England, Wales or Scotland for at least 185 days over the past 12 months before the day you take the theory test.

You can book the theory test at the official website of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). You will need your UK driving licence number, a valid email address and a credit or debit card to pay for the exam.

You will also need to give the DVSA some personal information, including your name, address and contact telephone number.

If you find reading difficult, have a disability or a health condition, the DVSA can offer support to assist you with your driving theory test. The online booking process will give you the option to request support and the type of support you need.

Once you have completed all of the sections of the driving theory test booking online system, you will be asked to choose your nearest test centre and select the date and time of the test you require.

Once you have completed the payment, you will receive a confirmation email with the details of your theory test booking. Keep this email for your reference.

When can I book a driving theory test?

You can typically book a driving theory test in the UK up to six weeks in advance.

However, it's important to note that availability can vary depending on the demand and the specific test centre you choose.

However, as soon as you feel ready and confident to take the theory test, it's advisable to book it as early as possible. Popular test centres and peak periods tend to get booked quickly, so securing your preferred date and time may require booking in advance.

Before you book your theory test, ensure that you are well-prepared and have studied the necessary material. This will increase your chances of passing the test on your preferred date.

In recent years, there have been many news reports about backlogs of learner drivers waiting to take their tests.

If you are unable to find a suitable slot, keep checking the booking system regularly. People occasionally cancel their appointments, which can open up new slots for you to book.

Remember to have your provisional driving licence details and payment information ready when you go to book your theory test.

How old do you have to be to book the driving theory test in the UK?

In the UK, you must be at least 17 years old to take the driving theory test. This applies to both car and motorcycle theory tests.

However, you can apply for a provisional driving licence up to three months before your 17th birthday, so you can begin studying for the theory test in advance.

It's important to note that you can't take the practical driving test until you have passed the theory test, so it's a crucial step in the process of obtaining your full driving licence.

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How much does a driving theory test cost?

The cost to book a driving theory test in the UK is £23 for the standard car theory test.

However, it's essential to note that fees can change over time, so it's recommended to verify the current cost on the official website of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) or other reliable sources.

Additionally, it's worth mentioning that some third-party websites may offer to book the theory test for you, but they may charge an additional service fee.

To avoid unnecessary charges, it's best to book directly through the official DVSA website.

What documents do I need to book the driving theory test?

When taking the driving theory test in the UK, you will need to bring the following documents:

  • Provisional driving licence: This is your photocard driving licence, not the older-style paper version. Ensure that your provisional licence is valid and up to date.
  • Confirmation email: Bring the confirmation email you received when you booked your theory test. This email serves as proof of your booking and contains important details such as the test date, time, and location.

It is important to note that if you fail to bring the required documents, you may not be allowed to take the theory test, and your test fee may be forfeited.

Therefore, it is crucial to double-check and ensure you have the necessary documents before heading to the test centre.

Are you ready for your driving theory test?

To prepare for the theory test, an app like Driving Theory Test UK is a great place to start, with all necessary learning materials, hazard perception clips and Highway Code info included. You can download it here:

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