Do I have to take the theory test?
If you are a learner driver you must take and pass your theory test before you book your practical test.
Under what circumstance do I not need to take a theory test?
If you want to upgrade within a vehicle category you will not 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 will not have to take a theory test.
What is the theory test?
The driving theory test has two parts, part one is a multiple choice test of 50 questions and part two is a hazard perception test of 14 video clips in which you will have to identify 15 developing hazards. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test.
How many questions are there?
For cars and motorcycles you'll be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.
For lorries and buses you'll be asked 60 questions in 70 minutes and the pass mark is 51 out of 60.
How do I prepare for the theory test?
To prepare for the theory test the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) recommend that all candidates study the Highway Code, Know Your Traffic Signs and the relevant book from DSA's Driving Skills series. Then you can practice and test yourself using our Theory Test
At the test how will I know what to do?
Before the test starts you'll be given instructions on how the test works. You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.
What if I pass only one of part of 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
How do I find my nearest test centre?
Follow this link: Test centres
What documents do I need to bring to my driving theory test?
You'll be expected to show both parts of your valid driving licence (the photocard and the paper counterpart) at the test centre. If you have an old-style licence without a photo you must also bring a valid passport.
I already have a driving license which I wish to amend to include another type of vehicle, do I need to take another theory test?
You will need to take a theory test if you want a license for a new category of vehicle, for example, if you have a car licence and you want a motorcycle license you will need to take a theory test
Can I take the practical driving test first?
No. Once you have passed the theory test you can then apply to take your practical driving test.
How do I book a theory test?
Theory test appointments can be booked, and subject to three clear working days notice, be changed and cancelled using the DSA online booking service or the telephone. You can also download an application form and apply by post. To book online follow the link. Book a theory test
My English is not good - can I receive help?
If your first language is not English, or you can not read or understand written English well, you can request a voiceover in one of 21 languages. A voiceover allows you to hear the theory test instructions and questions through headphones. The questions will automatically be read out to you, you can hear the answer options by touching the text on the screen. You can hear the questions as many times as you like, you simply need to touch the text of the question onscreen again.
Foreign language voiceovers are available in the following languages:
Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, English, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Mirpuri, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Pushto, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh.
Our practice Theory Test is in English only.
None of the voiceovers are my first language - what can I do?
If there is no voiceover provided in the language you require, you can request to have a translator assisted theory test. The call centre agent should be able to tell you the names and contact details of the relevant DSA approved translators. It is your responsibility to arrange a test date with the translator and to pay any fees involved.
I have reading difficulties - what assistance can I get?
If you have dyslexia or other reading difficulties you can ask for an English or Welsh voiceover. You can also request to have up to double time for the multiple choice part of the theory test. If you require more than the standard time of 57 minutes for the multiple choice part you will need to send in evidence of your reading difficulty to the theory test booking customer services.
I have hearing difficulties - what assistance can I get?
If you are deaf or have hearing difficulties you can ask to 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 be taken into the test centre, this facility needs to be arranged through the theory test customer services section. There is no extra fee for either facility.
At what age can I drive a moped?
Mopeds with an engine capacity not exceeding 50cc and a maximum design speed not exceeding 50km/h 16 years
At what age can I drive light motorcycle?
Motorcycles with a cubic capacity not exceeding 125cc and a power output not exceeding 11kW (14.6bhp) or a light motorcycle with a cubic capacity not exceeding 125cc and a power output not exceeding 11kW (14.6bhp) can be driven at 17 years
At what age can I drive Motor Car?
Motor vehicles with a MAM not exceeding 3500kg having not more than eight passenger seats with a trailer up to 750kg can be driven at 17 years
This also applies to Combinations of towing vehicles in category B and a trailer, where the MAM of the combination does not exceed 3500kg and the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle
How much does it cost to take the practice Theory Test ?
Details for this can be found on the TheoryTest.co.uk homepage.
I have to wear glasses - can I still drive?
Yes subject to you meeting the eyesight distance requirement when wearing your glasses. The distance requirement using old style number plates is 20.5 metres or 20 meters if the new-style number plate is used.
Can I practice driving my car on my own?
No. As a learner driver you must be supervised by a qualified driver and display L plates. You must also have the minimum of third party insurance which covers your use of the vehicle