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Booking a Test

How To Book The Practical Test

There is usually a waiting time for tests. The waiting times varies from place to place but can range from a few weeks to 12 weeks. The times to take the test are at :-


Saturday and weekday evening tests are available at some driving test centres. The fee for these are higher than for a driving test during normal working hours on weekdays. Evening tests are available during the summer months only.

You can book your practical test in a number of ways:-

By Phone

The most popular way to book the practical test is by telephone, using your credit card or debit card. The person who books the test must be the cardholder. If you book by this method you’ll be given the date and time of your test immediately.

You can do this by calling 0870 010 1372 at any time between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.
Welsh speakers can telephone 0870 010 0372
Northern Ireland: booking and enquiries 0845 600 6700

When you phone you should have:

  • Your theory test pass certificate number
  • Your driver number shown on your licence
  • The type of test you wish to book ( car, motorcycle, LGV, PCV)
  • Your personal details (name, address, day / evening telephone numbers)
  • Driving school code number (if known. This is used so your instructor is not double booked)
  • Your preferred date
  • Unacceptable days or periods

During the call please advise of any disability or any special circumstances

You will be given a booking number and will be sent an appointment card with your details of the time and date of your test. Check the Date and time of your allotted test with your Instructor


The DSA now provides an on-line booking system which can be used between 6.00am and Midnight. This can be accessed at www.dsa.gov.uk

To book a practical test you will need a:-

Valid UK driving licence number.
Theory test Pass Certificate number.
Valid debit/credit card for payment (please ensure that you are the cardholder). The following cards are acceptable for payment:

Not only can you book your test on-line but you can also Change, Check and Cancel a test

Check a test booking online

To view a test booking, you will need to enter your UK driving licence number, you will then be able to check the status of any future test you have booked, including when and where the test is booked; and whether the booking is confirmed or 'pending'. A pending booking is a booking that we cannot confirm until we have checked your entitlement.

By Post

You can apply for your practical test by Post using form DL26 (Practical Driving Test. The form is also available from Test Centres or from your driving instructor

Send the completed form with your payment by cheque or postal order ( do not send cash) to:-
Driving Standards Agency
PO Box 280
NE99 1FP

Changing or Cancelling your Practical Test

To change or cancel your appointment for the practical test, you must phone or write to the DSA, giving at least 10 clear working days' notice, or you will lose your test fee.

English speakers: 0870 0101 372
Welsh speakers: 0870 0100 372
Minicom: 0870 0107 372
Fax booking: 0870 0102 372
Or write to:
The Driving Standards Agency
PO Box 280
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 1FP.



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