How To Book The Theory Test
You can not contact Theory Test Centres directly.
The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) recommends that all Theory Test bookings are made via the official Gov UK Website.
Don't use third party booking services because you could pay up to twice as much for your test as you would if you book directly with official Directgov.
Do not apply for your theory test until you are sure you are ready.
If you prepare well you have an excellent chance of passing.
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You can book your theory test via the DVSA in a number of ways:-
On-line via the Internet
On-line via the internetThe easiest way is to book on line, considering you are already using the internet to view this page!
Book via the OFFICIAL Gov UK Theory test bookingWeb Site
Don’t pay any extra for your theory and practical test bookings - make sure you use the official Gov UK website.
Booking with Gov UK guarantees a service that you can trust, and it will always be cheaper than a third party booking service.
You should be able to:-
Book a theory test
Change a theory test booking
Cancel a theory test booking, or
Check a theory test booking
You will not be able to book another theory test on the same day if :-
You sat a theory test today and failed; or
You had a theory test booked for today but did not attend
During the booking process you will need a provisional driving licence number and your valid credit or debit card.
If you book your Theory Test online, the DVSA will now send your confirmation by email rather than a letter by post. These changes have been made to help speed up the booking process, which means that you will receive confirmation much quicker than before.
By PhoneThe most popular way to book the theory 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 0300 200 1122 at any time between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday.
Welsh language booking line - 0300 200 1133
Minicom booking line - 0300 200 1166
Fax booking line - 0300 200 1177
When you phone you should have your or the candidate's provisional driving licence number and your credit or debit card details.
You will be given a number.
Take this with you when you attend your test.
Documents to take on your driving theory test
You'll be expected to show both parts of your valid driving licence (the photocard and the paper counterpart) at the test centre.
If you have an old-style licence without a photo you must also bring a valid passport.
If you don't show the required documents you won't be allowed to test and you'll lose your fee.
If you wish to cancel your theory test appointment, you must give at least three whole working days notice, or you will forfeit your theory test fee. For example if you want to cancel your test and it is on a Tuesday, you will need to ring the booking office by the previous Wednesday afternoon at the latest.
You can not book for another test until the next day after failing. This is to give time for the booking system to be updated
DVSA announce Theory test centre closuresDue to over-capacity within its network of theory test centres, DVSA has decided to close 11 theory test centres.
These will merge with neighbouring theory test centres which also have over-capacity and which have good transport links.
The test centres that have closed are at: Basingstoke, Bath, Birkenhead, Clydebank, Colchester, Dunfermline, Durham, Motherwell, Runcorn, Solihull and Workington.
Theory and practical test centres are entirely separate and delivery of the practical test remains unaffected.
Aberdeen, Ayr, Berwick Tweed, Dumfries, Dundee, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Elgin, Ft. William, Gairloch, Galasheilds, Glasgow NW, Glasgow Central, Greenock, Helmsdale, Huntley, Inverness, Isles Arran/Barra, Benbecula,Islay, Mull/Tiree, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Motherwell, Oban, Pitlochry, Portree, Stirling, Stornoway, Stranraer, Tarbert, Tongue, Ullapool, and Wick.
Barrow, Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bolton, Bradford, Carlisle, Chester, Doncaster, Durham, Grimsby, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesborough, Morpeth, Newcastle, Oldham, Preston, Runcorn, Salford, Scarborough, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Southport, St Helens, Stockport, Sunderland, Wigan, and Workington.
Midlands & East
Birmingham, Boston, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Chesterfield, Coventry, Derby, Dudley, Grantham, Ipswich, Kings Lynn, Leicester, Lincoln, Lowestoft, Luton, Mansfield, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Reading, Redditch, Shrewsbury, Solihull, Stoke on Trent. Stratford on Avon, Sutton Coldfield, Wolverhampton, and Worcester
Wales & West
Aberystwyth, Bangor, Barnstaple, Basingstoke, Bath, Bournmouth, Bristol, Builth Wells, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Exeter, Fareham, Gloucester, Haverford, West Hereford, Isle of Scilly, Isle of Wight, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport, Penzance, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Rhyl, Swansea, Salisbury, Southampton, Swindon, Taunton, Torquay, Truro, Weymouth, and Yeovil.
London & East
Aldershot, Basildon, Brighton, Canterbury, Chelmsford, Colchester, Crawley, Croydon, Eastbourne, Gillingham, Guilford, Harlow, Hasting,s Ilford, Kingston, Palmers Green, Sidcup, Slough, Southend, Southwark, Staines, Stevenage, Uxbridge, Watford, Worthing
Ballymena, Belfast, Londonderry, Newry, Omagh, Portadown