Coronavirus (Covid 19) and motoring
This page provides information on the Driver & Vehicle Agency's (DVA) services that are affected during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This page is reviewed regularly so continue to check for new updates.
MOT/ vehicle testing
All categories of vehicle tests have resumed. Temporary Exemption Certificates (TECs) were applied automatically to allow vehicles to be taxed and kept on the road. You do not need to do anything until you receive a reminder notification from the DVA to book a vehicle test.
For more information on booking an MOT/ vehicle test, visit:
You should not go to the offices in Coleraine as you will not be allowed into the building. Visit driver licensing for other ways to contact DVA for licensing issues.
For more information on renewing your driving licence visit:
For more information on bus Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licences visit:
Driver theory tests
Theory test pass certificates which expired between 1 November 2020 and 30 June 2021 and which had not already benefited from an extension, have had their validity period extended by eight months. These measures should allow learner drivers extra time to book and take their practical driving tests.
Candidates whose theory test certificate expired outside of these dates will need to book and sit another theory test.
The extension was applied automatically to affected certificates, so you do not need to contact DVA to request an extension.
Face coverings must be worn at theory and driving tests
The rules on face coverings have been updated, for more details visit Coronavirus (COVID-19): face coverings.
Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) and Approved Motorcycle Instructors (AMI)
Check tests for fully qualified ADIs and AMIs are still suspended.
DVA counter services
All counter services across the DVA are suspended. These are necessary precautionary measures to protect staff and customers.
Until further notice, counter services are no longer available at County Hall, Coleraine or at any MOT test centre.
Contacting the DVA
The DVA has reinstated its telephone service. See below for links to the DVA's contact details.