Booking your driving test
When your learning is complete and you believe you are ready to become a fully-fledged motorist, it's time to book your driving test. There is usually something of a wait when booking driving tests, so it's often a good idea to do so ahead of time in order for your test to occur at a time when you will be ready to take it.
Probably the easiest way to book your driving test is to use the Directgov website, where the service is available between 6am and midnight. In order to book it, you’ll need your provisional driving licence number, a credit or debit card to pay with, and the details on your theory test certificate if you have one. If you have lost the certificate, you will need to contact the DSA, who can send you the details you’ll need.
It’s also a good idea to look into the location of your local test centre before you book your test, so you know where you will have to go. The waiting time is usually around nine weeks, though it varies by geographical location and time of year.
It’s also possible to book your test over the phone - the contact numbers are available on the Directgov website. You’ll need the same details for this as for booking online.
It’s even possible to apply for a practical test by post. This can be done on the Directgov website, or by calling the DSA.
If you have special needs, it is important that you inform the DSA of this when you are applying for a practical test. This is so they can ensure that they have anything in place that you might need to allow you to undertake the test in comfort.
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