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How to book a practical driving test

Practical test appointments can be booked online, by phone and by post and subject to you giving us ten clear working days notice, can be changed and cancelled using our telephone service.

Remember the more flexible you can be in selecting a driving test centre the earlier the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) may be able to book you an assessment test. You can find a list of practical test centres on the reverse of the practical test application form, which you can download below, in the section called 'Booking by post'.

Booking online

To book a test online you will need:

  • a valid UK driving licence
  • a theory test certificate number
  • a valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron, Switch/Maestro and Solo cards are accepted)

Booking by phone

To book a practical test with an operator over the phone you will need:

  • a valid UK driving licence
  • a theory test certificate number
  • a valid debit or credit card for payment  (Visa, Mastercard, Delta, Visa Electron, Switch/Maestro and Solo cards are accepted)

You can book a practical test over the phone using the numbers below, from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday, and 8.00 am to 4.00 pm on Saturdays.

Practical test booking line 0870 0101 372
Welsh language booking line 0870 0100 372
Minicom booking line 0870 0107 372
Fax booking line 0870 0102 372

Booking by post

To book a practical test by post you will need an application form. Payment can be made by cheque or postal order, but cash payments are not accepted. Application forms are available online or on request from the Driving Standards Agency booking line.

To download a practical test application form, click on the link below. There is also an information sheet available to download.

Special needs

If you require any special needs facilities at your practical test you will need to request these at the time of booking.

Rescheduling and cancelling a test

You can reschedule or cancel a practical test over the phone up to ten clear working days before the test, without loss of fee. To change or cancel your test date over the phone you should use the driving test booking line.

If you cancel or reschedule the test inside the ten working days you will lose your test fee.

Advanced speech recognition (ASR) system

If you already have a practical test booking but would like an earlier date, you can access the Driving Standards Agency's advanced speech recognition (ASR) system by dialling the booking line and following the instructions. 

ASR will enable you to change your practical test booking to an earlier date where available, without the need to speak with a call centre agent. 

The system is available between 6.30 am and midnight, seven days a week.  You must have your theory test pass certificate number and your booking application reference number with you when you call.



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