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*UK Driving Info......

Applying for your first Provisional Driving Licence.


To get your first provisional driving licence online for a car, motorcycle or moped you need to:

be a resident of Great Britain (there’s a different service in Northern Ireland)
meet the minimum age requirement
meet the minimum eyesight requirement
not be prevented from driving for any reason
pay £50 by MasterCard, Visa, Electron, Maestro or Delta debit or credit card
have a valid UK passport or other form of identity
have your National Insurance number if known
provide addresses where you’ve lived for the last 3 years

You can apply up to 3 months before you can start driving. You can normally start driving on your 17th birthday if you want to drive a car and your 16th birthday if you want to drive a motorcycle or moped.


The driving theory test for cars & motorcycles.


    Who needs to take the test
    How the theory test works
    Preparing for the theory test
    Documents you need to take to your theory test
    Car and motorcycle theory test fees
    If you have special needs
    Theory test candidate impersonation
    The 'abridged' car theory test



If you want to drive a car or ride a motorcycle you’ll need to pass the driving theory test before booking either the car practical driving test or the motorcycle practical test.


There are 2 parts to the theory test:


   the multiple choice part

   the hazard perception part


Both parts of the test are taken on the same day. The questions in the multiple-choice part and format of the hazard perception part depend on what kind of vehicle you want to drive.


You need to pass both to pass the theory test.


If you’ve got the Safe Road User Award you can take the shorter ‘abridged’ car theory test.

The theory test pass certificate


You’ll then get a theory test pass certificate. You’ll need the certificate number when you book your practical test.

Preparing for the test


There are official publications and tools to help you prepare for the test, and if you’ve got special needs then there are a number of facilities to help.


Who needs to take the test

Great Britain licence holders


In most cases you need to take the theory test before you can get your first full car or motorcycle driving licence.


However, there are 2 exceptions.


If you hold a B1 licence (3 or 4-wheeled light vehicle) you don’t need to take the car theory test.


If you hold a full moped licence issued after 1 July 1996 following a test you don’t need to take the motorcycle theory test.

Adding new categories to your licence


You’ll need to take another theory test if you want a licence for a new category of vehicle.


For example, if you have a car licence and you want a motorcycle licence you’ll need to take the motorcycle theory test before taking the motorcycle practical test.


If you want to upgrade within a vehicle category you won’t normally need to take a theory test.


For example, if you have a full automatic car licence and you want a manual car licence you won’t have to take a theory test.


It’s your job to make sure you have the right licence. If you’re not sure if you need to take a theory test contact the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).


DSA theory test enquiries

PO BOX 381

M50 3UW

Telephone: 0300 200 1122 (English), 0300 200 1133 (Welsh)

Textphone: 0300 200 1166

Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

Find out about call charges

Non Great Britain licence holders


If you don’t have a Great Britain (GB) licence you might still be able to drive in GB without taking a driving test.


Find out if you can drive in GB with your non-GB licence.


You don’t need a driving licence for electric bikes, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs.

How the theory test works.

The theory test is made up of a multiple-choice part and a hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test.


If you pass one part and fail the other you’ll fail the whole test, and you’ll need to take both parts again.


The questions in the multiple-choice test will depend on the category of vehicle you are hoping to get a licence for. For example, a motorcycle theory test will contain questions that don’t appear in any other test.


For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, but the pass mark is different for them.

At the theory test centre


You aren’t allowed to take any personal items into the test room with you. All your personal items must be stored in the lockers provided.


If you’re found with any prohibited items in the testing room your test will be stopped, you’ll be asked to leave and you’ll lose your test fee.


Once you’re in the test room you aren’t allowed to talk to or distract other candidates.

The multiple-choice part


Before the test starts you’ll be given instructions on how it works.


You can choose to do a practice session of multiple-choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.


A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen - you have to select the correct answer. Some questions may need more than one answer.


You can move between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test.


Some car and motorcycle questions will be given as a case study. The case study will:


   show a short story that 5 questions will be based on

   focus on real life examples and experiences you could come across when you’re driving


The car and motorcycle multiple-choice part lasts for 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.


After the multiple-choice part you can choose to have a break of up to 3 minutes before the hazard perception part starts.

The hazard perception part


Before you start the hazard perception part, you’ll be shown a short video clip about how it works.


You’ll then be shown a series of 14 video clips on a computer screen. The clips:


   feature everyday road scenes

   contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ - but one of the clips will feature 2 ‘developing hazards’


A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.

Hazard perception test scoring


The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score.


The most you can score for each developing hazard is 5 points.


To get a high score you need to respond to the developing hazard as soon as you see it starting.


If you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end. It will tell you that you have scored zero for that particular clip.


You won’t be able to review your answers.


The pass mark for cars and motorcycles is 44 out of 75.

Your test result


You will be given the results of your theory tests at the test centre after taking it.


If you pass your theory test, you’ll get a pass certificate. You’ll need this when you book and take your practical test.


Your theory test pass certificate lasts for 2 years after taking your test. If you haven’t passed your practical test by then, you’ll need to take and pass the theory test again.


Preparing for the theory test

Tools and information are available to help you practice and prepare for both parts of the theory test.

Preparing for the multiple-choice part


To prepare for the multiple-choice part of the theory test you should use 3 books known as the ‘source material’. They are:


   The Highway Code

   ‘Know your traffic signs’

   the relevant book from the ‘essential skills’ range


You can buy all the publications from most high street book shops and download the ‘Know your traffic signs’ booklet.

Online practice theory test


You can take a practice theory test online. It only includes multiple choice questions and does not include the hazard perception part.

Preparing for the hazard perception part


‘The official guide to hazard perception’ is a comprehensive training DVD. It’s available from most high street book shops. You can also order it from The Stationery Office.



Documents you need to take to your theory test

You need to bring both parts of your driving licence - the photocard and the paper counterpart.


If you have an old-style paper licence, you must take your signed driving licence and a valid passport. No other form of photographic identification will be accepted.


If you don’t have one, you must get a passport or update your paper licence to a photocard licence.


If you don’t bring the right documents to your test, it won’t go ahead and you’ll lose your fee.

If you’ve lost your driving licence


If you lose your driving licence, you must apply for a replacement. This could take up to 15 days. If this happens, you may have to rearrange your test.

Cancelled tests


You might be able to apply for a refund of out-of-pocket expenses if the Driving Standard Agency (DSA) cancels your test at short notice.


Car and motorcycle theory test fees

Prices correct as at 21st August 2013.  See for up to date prices.


There is no administration fee if you book your driving theory test through the official booking service. Unofficial booking websites may charge a fee.

Theory test types:


Car  £31

Motorcycle  £31

Abridged car  £24



If you don’t pass your theory test, and want to take another one, you’ll have to pay the full amount again.




If you have special needs

When you book your theory test you should say if you’ve got special needs. In many cases, special arrangements can be made to help you during the test.

Voiceovers in different languages


You can ask for a voiceover in one of 21 languages if:


   your first language is not English

   you can’t read or understand written English well


A voiceover lets you to hear the theory test instructions and questions through headphones. The questions will be read out to you automatically.


You can hear the possible answers and can also hear the questions as many times as you like.


You can get voiceovers in:
























Translator assisted theory tests


If there is no voiceover for the language you need, you can ask to have a translator assisted theory test.


Call DSA on 0300 200 1188 (textphone 0300 200 1166) for names and contact details of DSA approved translators. You’ll have to arrange a test date with the translator and pay any fees they charge. Find out about call charges.

If you have reading difficulties


If you have dyslexia or other reading difficulties you can ask for an English or Welsh voiceover.


You can also ask to have more time to do the multiple-choice part of the theory test. If you do need more time, you must send proof of your reading difficulty to the theory test booking customer services.

If you have hearing difficulties


If you’re deaf or have hearing difficulties you can take the theory test in British sign language (BSL).


The BSL interpretation will run alongside the standard test questions and answers.


If you do not use BSL, an interpreter can go with you into the test centre. This needs to be arranged through the theory test customer services section.


You won’t be charged an extra fee.

Other special needs


If you have any other special needs, contact DSA to discuss them before booking your test.


DSA theory test enquiries

PO BOX 381

M50 3UW

Telephone: 0300 200 1122 (English), 0300 200 1133 (Welsh)

Textphone: 0300 200 1166

Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm


Theory test candidate impersonation

It’s illegal to impersonate someone taking a theory test.


Impersonators and people using them have been convicted in the courts and some have gone to prison.


Every case of suspected impersonation is investigated thoroughly.

Report an impersonator


If someone says they’ll impersonate you and take your theory test for you, report it to DSA.


DSA integrity team

Telephone: 029 2058 1155

Out of hours: 029 2058 1290

Find out about call charge



The 'abridged' car theory test

You can take an ‘abridged’ car theory test if you’re learning to drive and have a Safe Road User Award.


You’ll only have to answer 35 multiple questions instead of the usual 50. The pass mark is 30.


You’ll still be tested on 14 additional hazard perception clips.


You need to take the abridged test within 3 years of getting the Safe Road User Award.

Booking the abridged test


You can book the abridged car theory test through the usual online theory test booking service.


The abridged test costs £24.


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*Details and prices as at 2014.