Practical driving test: preparing for and booking your test

Practical driving test: preparing for and booking your test

The practical test shows that your driving skills have reached a level where you can drive consistently well, with confidence and without help or guidance. It’ll also show that you meet the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency National Driving Standard for car drivers.

There’s no point in booking the practical test until your driving instructor says you’re ready: you’re likely to waste your time and money if you take it too soon.

You’ll need to take your practical test within two years of passing your theory test – otherwise your theory test pass certificate will expire.

The practical driving test costs £62: for full details of the practical test costs, visit GOV.UK.

Your driving lessons should prepare you for your practical test, especially if you’ve worked through the Driver’s Record with your instructor.

For more information and help with practical skills, and a checklist of what you should know and be able to do, visit the Driver Knowledge Centre.

It’s best to book your test using the official site, GOV.UK. If you use an unofficial site, you might pay more than you need to or you may not get a booking at all.

You can find your nearest test centre at GOV.UK.

You can also use GOV.UK if you need to change the test date or centre or cancel your test.

If you have special needs such as a disability or if you need a translator, visit GOV.UK to find out what help is available for the practical test.

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