To book a theory test with an operator over the phone you will need:
a valid UK driving licence
a valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron, Switch/Maestro and Solo cards are accepted)
You can book a theory test over the phone on 0845 600 6700 local rate, from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday, and Saturday between 8.ooam and 4.00pm, except on Bank Holidays. Text phone is also available by calling 0870 0106 372.
When you book your test you will be given a reference number and sent an appointment letter that you should expect to receive within four working days of your call. If you do not receive your appointment letter within this time then contact the booking office.
Booking Theory Test by Post
To book a theory test by post you will need an application form. Application forms are available online, from theory and practical test centres and if applicable from your driving instructor. Payment can be made by cheque or postal order, but cash payments are not accepted. Postal orders and cheques must be made payable to Driver & Vehicle Testing Agency. Please write your Driving Licence number on the back of your cheque or postal order.
Take note of the date you posted your application and if, after 10 days, you have not received an appointment confirmation letter, please contact us immediately on 0845 600 6700.
DVTA can not take responsibility for postal delays. If you miss your theory test appointment you will lose your fee.
To book a Practical Driving test online (Motorcar, Motorcycle and Moped tests only) you will need:
a valid UK driving licence
a valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, Mastercard, Delta and Switch/Maestro cards are accepted)
Please Note: If you have any Special Requirements or disabilities, unfortunately you cannot use the online service to book. Please contact the call centre or your local test centre to book.
Booking Practical Driving Test by Phone
If you wish to book an appointment for a practical driving test for a private car or motorcycle, you may book by telephone from 08.00 to 19.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 Saturday.
0845 247 2472 (calls charged at local rate. Please note: lines are busiest between 9am - 10am)
*Calls are recorded for quality assurance purposes.
If you are booking for any other category of test, you will need to make an application by post or at the counter.
When making a telephone booking you do not need an application form but it is advisable to have your provisional driving licence, your theory test certificate and credit/debit card details handy when making the call.
No cuts or bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire circumference.
Q9. Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey two checks can be made. With the wheel turned slightly, maintained while the engine is started, you notice a slight movement in the wheel as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an instant indication the power steering is functioning ok. Make sure you have checked the car has its handbrake on and is in neutral.
Q10. Show me / tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
Turn on ignition (if necessary), operate switch for lights, walk round the vehicle.
Q11. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Turn on the ignition. Apply indicators and check all indicators.
Q12. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
Turn on ignition (if necessary). Operate horn.
Q13. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.
Demonstrate by applying the handbrake and when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.
Q14. Tell me how you would make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a collision.
For maximum protection the head restraint should be adjusted so that your eye line is level with the centre of it and it should be as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.
Q15. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it (them), please don’t start the engine.
Turn on dipped headlights, then turn on the rear fog lights. Fog lights should be used when visibility is reduced to 100m or less.
Q16. Show me how you switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car, please don’t start the engine.
Turn on dipped headlights, then operate the switch to change to main beam. Inside the car a blue light will show on the instrument panel when the main beam is in use.
Q17. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with the anti-lock braking system. (Used only when the system is fitted to your vehicle)
An ABS warning light will appear on the instrument panel if there is a problem with the system.
Q18. Show me how you would use the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.
Turn on the ignition and direct the cars heating control to the windscreen symbol and increase the fan speed as necessary to clear the front windows. Operate the heated rear window switch to clear the rear screen.
Q19. Demonstrate how you would use your wipers and washers, to clean both the front and rear screens.
Turn on the cars ignition, (without starting the engine) and operate both front and rear washers.
Note: Failure on one or both of the show me tell me questions will result in one minor fault.