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Sunday, 30 October 2011

How to book and manage your driving theory test appointment

The quickest and easiest way to book, check, change or cancel your driving or riding theory test is online. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) recommends that you book on Directgov. You can also book by phone or by post. Find out how to book and manage your theory test.

Before you book your theory test

You can find your nearest theory test centre online before you book your test by using the link below.

How long it takes to get a theory test appointment

DSA aims to give you a theory test appointment within two weeks of your preferred date and time. However, the waiting time varies around the country and throughout the year. So, you might have a shorter or longer wait depending on where and when you take your test.

Taking your theory test if you have special needs

When you book your theory test you should say if you have any special needs. This is so DSA can make reasonable adjustments for your tests. Find out what you need to tell DSA about if you have special needs from the link below.

How to book your theory test online

Watch a guide to booking your theory test

To book a test online you'll need a:

  • valid UK driving licence
  • valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, MasterCard, Delta and Visa Electron cards are accepted)

When you book online you'll see all the available appointments.

There are two different official theory test booking services. The one you need to use will depend on the type of theory test you need to take.

Book a learner driver or rider theory test online

You can use the learner driver or rider service to book the following types of theory tests:

  • car
  • moped and motorcycle
  • lorry and large vehicle
  • bus and coach

Book a driver or rider trainer theory test online

You can use the driver or rider trainer service to book the following types of theory tests:

  • approved driving instructor (ADI) qualifying test (part one)
  • large goods vehicle (LGV) register qualifying test
  • register of post-test motorcycle trainers (RPMT)

How to book your theory test by phone

To book a theory test over the phone you'll need a:

  • valid UK driving licence
  • valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, MasterCard, Delta and Visa Electron cards are accepted)

You can find the contact numbers and opening times to book your theory test by phone by clicking on the link below.

How to book your theory test by post

To book your theory test by post you'll need an application form. You can download one from the link below, or get one by contacting the DSA booking line.

Do it online

It's quicker and easier to book your theory test online

How you can pay when booking by post

You can pay by cheque or postal order, but cash payments aren't accepted.

DSA does not provide gift vouchers as a way of paying for theory tests. If you want to pay the cost of the theory test as a present for someone, DSA recommends that you give them the money. They can then book their test online for a time that suits them.

How to check, change or cancel your theory test appointment

Give enough notice

If you want to change or cancel your appointment, you need to give at least three working days' notice to avoid losing your fee

The quickest and easiest way to manage your theory test appointment is online. However, you can do it by phone if you can't use the online service.

Check your theory test appointment

You can check the details of your appointment, including when and where it's booked.

Change your theory test appointment

You can move your appointment to an earlier or later date, if one is available.

You'll need to give at least three clear working days' notice before your test date to avoid losing your fee. Saturdays count as working days.

Cancel your theory test appointment

You can cancel your theory test appointment if it's already been booked.

You'll need to give at least three clear working days' notice before your test date to avoid losing your fee. Saturdays count as working days.

Check, change or cancel online

There are two different official online services available on Directgov. The one you need to use to manage your test will depend on the type of theory test you have booked.

The services available are:

  • learner driver or rider theory test, for car, moped and motorcycle, lorry and large vehicle, or bus and coach tests
  • driver or rider trainer theory test, for ADI, LGV register or RPMT tests

Check, change or cancel by phone

If you can't use the online service, you can check, change or cancel by phone.

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Additional links

Start revising for your theory test now

Download the official DSA theory test products - the closest experience to the real test

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Driving test fees

Find out the cost of theory and practical driving tests when you book on Directgov

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