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Documents to bring to your driving theory test

There are some documents which you must bring with you to your driving theory test

Required documents

When you come for your test you must bring both parts of your valid signed Northern Ireland driving licence (photocard and paper counterpart).

If you are a GB driving licence holder you must bring your valid signed GB photocard licence showing your provisional entitlement, and a printed summary (dated within a week of your test date) of your driving licence record from If your GB photocard licence does not show your provisional entitlement, you must obtain written confirmation from the DVLA of your provisional entitlement.

Photographic ID

An old style GB licence consists of one paper document which does not display your photograph. If you have an old-style, non-photographic licence you must bring acceptable photographic evidence of your identity as well as your licence.

The following are acceptable:

  • a passport
  • any of the following identification cards as long as they are presented with your driving licence:
    • an Employer's Identity Card bearing your photograph and signature
    • a trade union card bearing your photograph and signature
    • a cheque guarantee or credit card bearing your photograph and signature
  • photograph of you, which has been signed and dated on the back by an acceptable person as detailed below:

I (name of acceptable person) certify that this is a true likeness of (name of candidate), who has been known to me for (number) years in my capacity as (specify capacity).



Business or Profession:

Your examiner will accept a signature from the following:

if you do not bring these items with you, or you are late for your appointment, you will not be allowed to sit your test and you will lose your fee

  • Member of Parliament   
  • District Council Councillor
  • Police Officer
  • Established Civil Servant
  • Teacher
  • Bank Official
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Minister of Religion
  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Medical Practitioner

If your details have changed since you made your theory test booking, you will need to provide evidence of these changes on the day of your test. Only original documentation can be accepted. If you require any further information please contact the theory test booking line on 0345 600 6700.

What to do if you have lost your driving licence

If you misplace your driving licence, you must apply for a replacement. This can take a few weeks. If this happens you may have to arrange your theory test.

At the test centre

You are advised to arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled time of your test.

On arrival at the centre you will be asked your name and both parts of your licence will be checked.

You will be asked to store any belongings you have in a locker. You can keep the key with you during the test. All mobile phones must be switched off. You will be given a copy of the test procedures and given a few minutes to read over them.

The invigilator staff will then check you in by signing a registration log and confirming your details. You will be shown into the testing room and allocated an individual booth to sit your test. Check the details on the screen and if they are correct press 'Start' on the screen to commence your test.

Should you have any problems in the testing room, raise your hand and a member of staff will come to you.

On completion of the test you are free to quietly leave the testing room. Staff will ask you to sign out and collect any belongings from the locker. You can take a seat in the waiting room to await your results.

Personal belongings

Personal items are not allowed into the testing room and must be placed in a locker. Personal items include, but are not limited to:

  • mobile phones
  • ear pieces/ear phones
  • laptops/hand-held computers/Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and other electronic devices
  • pagers
  • handbags
  • purses
  • wallets
  • hats
  • bags
  • coats
  • books
  • revision notes
  • dictionaries
  • note paper
  • pens
  • watches
  • food and drink

If you are found with any of the above prohibited items in the testing room, your test will be stopped, you will be asked to leave the premises and you will lose your test fee.

Theory test candidate impersonation

Please be aware that having someone impersonate you for the driving or riding theory test is an offence, which carries a fine of up to £2,500.

Impersonation puts the lives of other road users at risk.