Book your practical driving test online

The DVA is now delivering driving tests for motorcycles (Category AM, A1, A2 and A). All other practical driving tests have been suspended.

Before you start

The NI Executive has agreed to extend the current series of Covid-19 restrictions introduced on 26 December 2020, until 1 April 2021. They will be reviewed on 18 March 2021.

Practical driving tests booked for the period 8 February to 3 April inclusive can be rescheduled at:

The DVA will not cancel and refund these tests now, to allow customers the option to reschedule. Those practical driving tests which are not rescheduled by the week before the scheduled test date will be cancelled and refunded automatically by the DVA.

The DVA will contact all customers directly affected.

Motorcycle tests are not affected by these new restrictions and will continue to take place as normal.

When driving tests are able to begin again the booking service will open for new bookings in three phases.  Phases one and two will prioritise groups of customers, for a limited period, whose theory tests will expire by 31 October 2021 and 31 March 2022 respectively. Before the booking service is opened for all customers in Phase three. 

The DVA will contact Phase one and Phase two customers directly to tell them when they can access the booking system. The DVA will release more slots in May, June and July to provide the capacity needed.

The DVA apologises for the inconvenience that this will cause to customers and will try to introduce solutions to accommodate all remaining  customers as quickly and as fairly as possible.

Booking online

The online booking system is still available for those customers who have previously had a test cancelled by the DVA.

Book your practical driving test

Additional information

Critical workers

The application process for critical workers closed on 5 October 2020.

Where an application had been received on or before that date, and the DVA was able to assess it fully and approve it, successful applicants will have been notified.

If your application was received on or before that date, but the application was incomplete or the application did not meet the criteria for critical worker status, it will not have been approved.  You will not have been notified due to the numbers of applications involved.

Applications received after 5 October were not assessed, however, you will have received an automated response to say the process was closed.

Special needs

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 to book a suitable appointment.

When you book your test, let the operator know that you're calling about a ‘Driving test for a candidate with a disability’, and tell them 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 pack

A stakeholder information pack is available to download for ADIs, AMIs and candidates at:

Northern Ireland residency

If you want to take a theory or practical driving test in Northern Ireland (NI), you must be normally resident in Northern Ireland.  If you have a GB provisional licence and want to take a motorcycle, car, bus or lorry theory test in NI, before booking your test you'll need to complete a residency declaration form and send it to DVA with proof you're resident in Northern Ireland.

Residency Declaration Form

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