Reporting for your practical test

Reporting for your practical test

Driving Theory Test Changes

Reporting for your practical test

When attending for your practical test you must produce certain documents and have an appropriately insured and licensed vehicle suitable for the test. Make sure you have these documents available when the examiner calls your name.

At the driving test centre


  • no licence
  • no photo

means no test, and you lose your fee

You must bring the following items with you – if you don’t, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee:

  • an appropriately insured and licensed vehicle, displaying L-plates (except for taxi and Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) part two tests), that is suitable for the purpose of the test
  • the appropriate theory test pass certificate (or confirmation) if you are not exempt; for lorry or bus theory tests, you’ll need to bring both your multiple choice and hazard perception pass letters or your overall theory test pass certificate letter
  • your appointment letter or a printed version of your email confirmation
  • both parts of your photo card licence – if you don’t take both parts of your licence, your test will not take place and you’ll lose your fee
  • if you have an old-style paper licence, you must take your signed driver licence and a valid passport – no other form of photographic identification will be accepted
  • for both modules of the motorcycle test you must present your compulsory basic training certificate (CBT)
  • for module two of the motorcycle test you must present your motorcycle module one test pass certificate

If you misplace your driving licence, you must apply for a replacement from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which could take up to 15 days. If this happens, you may have to rearrange your test.

Practical test candidate impersonation

Please beware of anyone offering to have someone impersonate you and take your practical driving or riding test for you.

Practical test candidate impersonators, and candidates who accept their services, are breaking the law, and causing other road users to be put at risk.

The DSA Fraud & Integrity Team thoroughly investigate every case of suspected impersonation, and work closely with police to identify offenders and take them to court.  A number of impersonators and candidates have been convicted in the criminal courts, and sentenced.

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