Special requirements and the practical driving test
You should let the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) know when you book your practical test if you have any hearing problems, language difficulties, movement restrictions or adaptations fitted to your vehicle.
DSA is committed to equal opportunities for all and provides a number of facilities for candidates with special needs or physical disabilities.
When booking your practical test, please let DSA know if you:
- are deaf or have severe hearing difficulties
- are in any way restricted in your movements
- have any physical disability
No matter how serious your disability might be, you will still take the same driving test as every other test candidate. However, more time is allowed for the test. This is to allow the examiner to talk to you about your disability and any adaptations fitted to your vehicle.
Information about vehicle adaptations for disabled motorists and the elderly can be obtained from the Mobility Advice and Vehicle Information Service (MAVIS).
Using an interpreter
You may bring your own interpreter for your practical test as long as they are:
- not your driving instructor
- over 16 years of age
You will be responsible for arranging your interpreter and for any necessary fees.