Heavy goods and large passenger carrying vehicles
Lorries, buses/coaches and LPCVs are due to be tested on the first anniversary of registration and then every year afterwards. This is subject to the bus/coach and LPCV not being used for hire or reward and being built to carry more than eight passengers in addition to the driver. If you use the online or telephone booking service, you will be provided with a booking reference number. You will then need to contact DVA test centre to complete the booking process and get the date and time of your appointment.
Before registration you need a letter of consent for any new trailers that the Goods Vehicle (Plating and Testing) Regulations apply to. This ‘letter of consent’ applies to ‘final suppliers’. An application is made to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) for permission if you supply new large goods trailers for use on the road.
After registration, trailers with a maximum mass exceeding 3,500kgs must be tested on the first anniversary of registration and then every year. When using the online booking service or the telephone booking line to book an annual test, you will be provided with a booking reference number only. You will then have to contact your selected test centre to get a test date and time. An appointment letter will be issued when the booking has been confirmed with the test centre.
Carriage of Dangerous Goods (CDG/ADR)
The Carriage of Dangerous Goods (CDG) is a test carried out on vehicles which will be carrying dangerous goods within the UK. The CDG test can only be carried out at the DVA test centres in Belfast, Cookstown, Coleraine and Mallusk.
Current fees for all types of LGV/PCV vehicle tests
The test fee will vary depending on the type of vehicle and the type of test required for the vehicle. If you have any queries regarding the type of test you wish to book, contact any of the DVA test centres for advice.
On the day of the test
Confirm your appointment with your designated test centre - see the link below for information:
When you make an appointment, you will be given an appointment letter which will indicate the lane number where you must park and wait until the examiner calls you into the test hall.
To find your nearest centre, information on the type of tests conducted and contact details, please see the link below.