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Theory test


How to book, change or cancel your theory test appointment

Theory test appointments can be booked, and subject to three clear working days notice, be changed and cancelled using the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) online booking service or the telephone.

Before you can take your theory test you will need to make sure you have a valid provisional driving licence. You can apply for a provisional driving licence from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). The application form (form D1) can be obtained from your local Post Office.

Once you have a valid provisional driving licence you can book your theory test. Waiting times vary from region to region, but the target is that 95 per cent of theory test candidates receive an appointment date within two weeks of their preferred date.

Booking online

To book a theory test online you will need:

Book a theory test online at the GOV.UK website.

Booking by phone

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

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

If you have any problems booking your theory test online, or you have special needs, you can contact the DSA on the number below, from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday,excluding Bank Holidays.

Theory test booking support - English 0300 200 11 22
Theory test booking support - Welsh 0300 200 11 33
Textphone booking support 0300 200 11 66

Cancelling or rescheduling a test

You can reschedule or cancel a test over the phone via the booking line or you can do it online. Providing you give DSA three clear working days notice you can:

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