Step Five

Your Driving Test – This is it!

pg_a_7The easiest ways to book your driving test are online or by phone when you will be given the date and time of your test immediately, but it can also be booked by post.

www.dsa.gov.uk or www.motoring.gov.uk

Tel: 0870 0101 372
You will need the following:

Your Theory Test pass certificate number

Your driver number, shown on your licence

The type of test you wish to book

Your personal details (name, address, day/evening tel.no.)

Driving school code number (if known)

Your preferred date, unacceptable days or periods, and if you can accept a cancellation date at short notice

Disability or any special circumstances

Your credit/debit card number, expiry date and issue number. The fee is currently £48.50. The person booking the test must be the card holder
You will be given a booking number and receive a confirmation letter within a few days.

You will pass your Driving Test if you can show your examiner that you can drive safely; complete the set exercises and demonstrate, through your driving, that you have a thorough knowledge of The Highway Code. All examiners are trained to assess tests to the same standard and test routes are designed and approved locally to include a range of typical road and traffic conditions.

Apart from general driving, your test will include:

An eyesight test (if you fail this, the test will not continue)

Two questions about carrying out safety checks on the vehicle

Special exercises. You will be asked to carry out two of the following:
– reversing around a corner
– turning in the road
– reverse parking
– bay parking

You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop exercise.

Your examiner will ask you to pull up, explain the exercise and ask you to carry it out. Listen carefully to the explanation, but if you are not sure about anything, ask.

Your examiner will assess any errors you make and, depending on their degree of seriousness, record them on the Driving Test Report Form (DL25). You will fail your test if you commit a serious or dangerous fault. You will also fail if you commit more than fifteen driving faults (previously known as minor faults).

You just need to drive in the way that your instructor has taught you. If you make a mistake, don’t worry, keep calm and concentrate on your driving.

When you have passed your test you should apply to the DVLA again for your full driving licence. If your provisional licence was issued before 01.03.04 you must complete the declaration on the front of your test pass certificate and return your photo card licence for renewal. If your provisional licence was issued after 01.03.04, your test examiner will make the application for you. Failure to apply within 2 years of passing will require you to reapply for your provisional licence and resit and pass both your Theory and Practical Tests.

The fee for a first full licence is currently £9.00 for a provisional licence issued before 01.03.04 and free for those issued after this date.

If you are unlucky enough to fail at this attempt, do not give up. Speak to your driving instructor about the experience and he will help you overcome the problems that stopped you passing this time. You can reapply for another test immediately, but you cannot retake your test until ten working days from the date of your previous test.

The New Drivers Act 1995. Each newly qualified driver must go through a probationary period of two years after passing their driving test. Click here to find out how this applies to newly qualified drivers, and for an overview of endorsements.