Driving test public health information for candidates
If you are taking a practical driving test this page has important public health information about measures being taken by the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) to help reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19) during practical driving tests.
Before the test
Before the test begins:
- you should arrive no more than five minutes before the test
- the 'meet and greet' will be conducted in the waiting room, more details are available at: practical test for cars
- if you come to the test with clear symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19), or other respiratory infections, the test will not go ahead
- you can ask for someone to come with you on the test, for example, an instructor or an interpreter
The driving examiner carrying out your test:
- will wash their hands before and after each test
- must be satisfied the vehicle has been recently cleaned
- may choose to fit a disposable seat cover to their seat before entering the car
- may use an anti-viral wipe to clean passenger touch points
It is strongly recommended that you wear a face covering during the test. This also applies to any observers or interpreters present. Face coverings will still be available and may be worn by examiners.
During the test
The driving examiner carrying out your test will make sure that the test vehicle is well ventilated and therefore may open the passenger window and rear windows at the start of the test and ask you to open your window.
If you become unwell during the test, the test will be stopped.
If you commit a serious or dangerous fault (or make 16 driving faults) that would result in a fail, the test will continue until you return to the test centre. At the end of the test you will be offered a debrief.
If you have any more queries you can contact: Driver & Vehicle Agency - customer services.