The extended practical driving test
When disqualified as a driver or rider, the court can order you to retake your theory test and an extended practical driving test before getting your full licence.
How the court decides
It is more likely that the courts will order an extended driving test if you’re convicted of dangerous driving offences or other offences involving necessary disqualification.
What will happen
At the end of the disqualification period, if you wish to get back a full driving licence you’ll need to:
- apply for a provisional driving licence and drive as a learner
- pass a theory test for the category of vehicle in which you intend to take an extended practical driving test
- pass the extended practical driving test
The practical driving test is longer and more demanding than the normal learner driving test. The test lasts for about 70 minutes and covers a wide variety of roads, including dual carriageways where possible.
Many candidates have found it beneficial to take some driving instruction in advance of the test. When booking an appointment for the extended practical driving test please ensure that you apply for the specific category of vehicle you need and pay the appropriate fee.
You must make application for an extended test either in person or by post to any of the Agency’s test centres – you cannot book online or use the telephone booking service.
Bus and lorry drivers
If you're convicted of a dangerous driving offence that involves a period of disqualification, all bus and lorry driving entitlement (vocational driving licence) is automatically lost, regardless of the type of vehicle being driven at the time of the offence. The decision about whether that entitlement can be regained is a matter for Driver & Vehicle Agency Licensing. The options are:
- the entitlement may be refused on the grounds that you have shown yourself to be an unfit and improper person to hold a vocational driving licence
- the court may require you to take an extended car driving test to regain your category B entitlement (car driving licence)
- you may be required to take a driving test for each additional category of vehicle that you want to drive
- the additional category (categories) may be restored without further requirement, in exceptional circumstances
It’s important to remember that a vocational driving licence can’t be issued on its own. You must have a valid car driving licence for your vocational driving licence to be valid. If you lose your car entitlement you lose your vocational entitlement with it. If you have to take a category B retest you can apply for a provisional licence at the end of the disqualification.
Rules for provisional driving licence holders
As a learner you must:
- be supervised by a person who is at least 21 years old and has held (and still holds) a full driving licence for at least three years for the type vehicle you’re driving
- display L plates, to the front and back of the vehicle
- not drive on a motorway
- not drive a bus or lorry if you have only got a provisional car driving licence