Special needs and the practical driving test
When you book your practical test you should let the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) know if you have any hearing problems, language difficulties, movement restrictions or adaptations fitted to your vehicle. The DVA is committed to equal opportunities and provides a number of facilities for candidates with special needs or physical disabilities.
How to book your practical driving test
In order to facilitate any special requirements you may have, you must speak to a member of staff so this can be arranged.
To book your test, either call into the test centre where you would like to take your test, or call our booking line from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm, Monday to Friday and 9.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturday:
- phone: 0845 247 2472
When booking your practical test, please let DVA know if you
- are deaf or have severe hearing difficulties
- are in any way restricted in your movements
- have any physical disability
No matter how serious your disability might be, you will still take the same driving test as every other test candidate. However, more time may be allowed for the test. This is to allow the examiner to talk to you about your disability and any adaptations fitted to your vehicle.
Information about vehicle adaptations for motorists with disabilities and the elderly can be obtained from:Disability Action
Portside Business Park
189 Airport Road West
Using an interpreter
You may bring your own interpreter for your practical test as long as they are over 16 years of age. Your approved driving instructor can be your interpreter.
You will be responsible for arranging your interpreter and for any necessary fees.
Download leaflet "learning to drive" which gives important information for you to think about before you take to the road.