Update on theory test certificates from DVSA
After careful consideration and in response to a recent petition the government has decided not to extend theory test certificates for road safety reasons.
The way we are managing test bookings is affected by COVID-19 restrictions
If your pupil’s practical driving test has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will reschedule it for the next available test appointment at their chosen test centre.
If no test appointments are available at their chosen test centre before their theory test certificate expires, their practical test booking will be put on hold.
Pupils with tests booked whose theory test certificate has expired
If your pupil’s driving test is suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions, and their theory test certificate has expired or expires, we will cancel and refund the cost of their practical test.
Your pupil will then need to rebook and pass their theory test before they can sit a practical test.
Your pupil must have a valid theory test certificate before they can book their practical test, and on the day they take it.
If you have booked any tests on behalf of your pupils who have been affected by this you need to let them know what will happen next.
If your pupil’s theory test expires before the next available practical test date
If your pupil’s theory test certificate has been put on hold because it is due to expire, they can either:
- cancel their booking and get a full refund
- look on the booking system for a cancellation at their original test centre or book an available test appointment at a different test centre on a date before their theory test expires – in line with any current travel restrictions
If you or your pupil book a test at an alternative site you will need to check the relevant travel restrictions leading up to the appointment date to make sure they are able to travel in to the area.
If your pupil does not rebook or cancel their practical test before their theory test certificate expires, their practical test booking with be cancelled and refunded.
Your pupils can book a new theory test up to 6 months before their current theory test certificate expires, or at any time after it has expired.
If you have booked any tests on behalf of your pupils who have been affected by this you need to let them know and discuss their options with them.
If your pupil wants to request a refund
You pupils can request a refund for the cost of their practical test through the online cancellation service at https://www.gov.uk/cancel-
They need to include their name and 2 of the following identifiers in their email:
- their driving licence number
- their theory test pass certificate number
- their driving test booking reference
Check GOV.UK for the latest about:
Changes to the car theory test introduced
The object of the test is to update and make it more realistic and improve accessibility for all candidates.
Video clip scenarios will replace the written case study within the multiple choice part of the current theory test. Candidates will be asked three questions based on the short video clip.
Learner Drivers On Motorways
Learner drivers will be allowed on motorways from 2018
In August 2017 DVSA announced that learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls from 4th June 2018.
The change will be well broadcast so that driving instructors and learner drivers are prepared for the changes also, other road users know what to expect. The Highway Code rules on motorways will also be updated.
Note: It’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway without an ADI and dual controlled car.
Find out more here