The Driver & Vehicle Agency has resumed driving tests for all categories of vehicle and the online booking service is open for all customers.
Depending on demand, it may take a while before you can book and take a driving test. If at first slots are not available at your preferred test centre, you may wish to consider booking a test at another centre. Keep checking the booking system as the DVA will be releasing more slots as additional resources become available.
When booking a driving test, make sure that you read Public health information for practical driving tests.
When attending for a driving test you must bring and wear a face covering for the duration of the driving test.
If you arrive for your test without a face covering, the test will not take place.
For appointments made at short notice, you may not receive an appointment letter before the date of your test.
The original Critical Worker application process closed on 5 October 2020. If your application was successful you will have been awarded critical/ key worker status.
The Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) is working with the Department of Health on some priority applications.
The scheme is only for key workers who need to drive for their work and whose jobs are ancillary to medical, health or social care services or where there is threat to life.
If you are a critical worker and you meet the above requirements, your employer must contact the DVA and identify staff in these priority groups. The DVA will then try to make priority appointments for both theory and practical driving tests.
The DVA will not consider any applications that do not meet the above criteria.
The DVA provides facilities for candidates with special needs or physical disabilities.
If you are deaf, have severe hearing problems, are restricted in your movements, or have any disability that may affect your driving, call 0300 200 7862 and we will do our best to book you a suitable appointment.
When you book your test, you should let the operator know that you are calling about a ‘Driving test for a candidate with a disability’, and tell them specifically 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.
Northern Ireland residency
If you hold a GB driving licence and want to take a theory or practical test in Northern Ireland, before booking your test you will need to complete a residency declaration form and send it to the DVA with proof you are resident in Northern Ireland.
Information about vehicle adaptations for motorists with disabilities and the elderly can be obtained from Disability Action.
More useful links
- View your practical driving test appointment
- Cancel your practical driving test appointment online
- Change your practical driving test appointment online