Before you are legally permitted to drive unsupervised, it is essential to pass two tests.
- Theory test
- Practical test
However, before attempting these tests, you will need provisional driving licence. DL1 application form for provisional licence can be got from local post office, local instructor or directly from DVLA. You can apply for it 3 months before or on 17th birthday. As soon as you turn 17, your provisional licence will get valid and you can start your driving lessons.
You will need to pass the theory written test before obtaining a practical test. Driving tests are conducted by DSA in the UK.
How to book for driving test?
Options for driving test booking
- Online booking
DSA theory test online booking is the quick way without any concern of incurring extra booking fee.
For online booking, documents you need on-hand –
- Valid provisional licence
- Valid credit/debit card for paying test fees
- Valid email address for getting booking confirmation email (if you don’t have an email then a confirmation letter will be sent by post)
- Phone booking
DVA booking lines are available from 8am – 12pm on working days.
For phone booking, documents needed are –
- Your legal driving licence
- Debit/credit card for fee payment
- Post booking
Download the application form or you can get them from driving instructor or from driving test centres. Payments can be done via postal order or cheque. Cash payments are not accepted. Send the application form at DVA’s official address.
Test reschedule and cancellation
Test can be rescheduled or cancelled online by clicking on DVA’s booking link or over the telephone using DVA’s booking line.
Provide the DVA with 3 consecutive working days notice to –
- Reschedule your test
- Cancel your scheduled test
- Have full refund of test fee
Three days is necessary or you can lose your test fee.
In case, you don’t pass the driving test then there is a need to wait for at least 3 successive working days before taking the test once again. To avoid this mishap, it is sensible to prepare for the test with dedication.
Theory test includes two parts –
- 50 multiple-choice questions
- 14 video clips of hazard perception
Plan your study timeline and targets. It will help to monitor your progress as well as ensure that you did not miss anything. For confident preparation make sure to understand the Highway Code and Road signs. Cramming is tough, so it is essential to focus on practice.
Online you will find practice or mock up tests for both sections. Take as many as possible to know your weaknesses and correct them before the real test. This effort will not just be valuable for answering the test, but also help you become a safe driver.
Analysis of results
After you conclude both the theory parts, results will be given. You will also get a list of DSA categories, where the answers were incorrect. You will not get details about wrong answer categories, but not the question.