What to take to your practical test

What to take to your test

You must take:

  • your UK driving licence
  • your theory test pass certificate
  • a car – most people use their driving instructor’s, but you can use your own car if it meets the rules

Your test will be cancelled and you won’t get your money back if you don’t take the right things with you.

Your driving licence

You need to apply for a replacement driving licence if you lose yours before your test. This could take up to 15 days to arrive.

Rearrange your test if you don’t get the new licence in enough time.

If you don’t have a photo-card licence

Bring a valid passport and your paper licence.

If you have a licence from Northern Ireland

Bring the Northern Ireland photo-card and paper counterpart.

If you’ve lost your theory test certificate

Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) with your name and driving licence number.

You’ll be sent a letter that you can take to your test instead of your pass certificate.

DVSA theory test enquiries
customercare@pearson.com
Telephone: 0300 200 1122 (press 01)
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
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Taking someone with you

Your examiner will ask if you want someone to:

  • sit in the back of the car during the test
  • be with you for the result and feedback

This will usually be your driving instructor, but you can take a relative or friend. They can’t take any part in the test.

They must:

  • be over 16
  • follow the rules about observing tests

You can’t take a foreign language interpreter with you. You have to take the test in English or Welsh.

Learning to drive: steps

Are you allowed to drive yet?

Everyone is allowed to begin learning to drive once they’re 17

Getting your provisional licence

Lessons and practicing

Booking the theory test

When you pass

You may begin driving once you pass your practical.
You must have acquired a insurance policy that lets you to drive with no supervision.