Update on theory test certificates

The government has considered the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the validity period of theory test certificates.

After careful consideration, the government has decided not to extend theory test certificates due to the impact on road safety.

We understand that this will be disappointing for some of your pupils. But it’s essential that your pupils have the most up to date road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills to help prepare them for their test and driving safely on their own once they’ve passed.

If your pupils certificate has expired

We cannot reschedule your pupils driving test that was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic because their theory test certificate has expired.

  1. We will cancel their driving test booking.
  2. They’ll get a full refund for their driving test within the next 7 working days. It will be refunded to the card that was used to pay for the test. They do not need to do anything to get the refund.
  3. They will need to book and pass a theory test. You can do this at https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test.
  4. Revise and practise for their theory test. Check what books and software you can use at https://www.gov.uk/theory-test/revision-and-practice.
  5. They need to book and pass a driving test. They must do this within 2 years of passing their next theory test.

Your pupil can book a new theory test up to 6 months before your current theory test certificate expires, or at any time after it’s expired.

If your pupils certificate is due to expire

We will email your pupils in the coming weeks to invite them to arrange a driving test. However, we cannot guarantee that they’ll be able to take their driving test before their theory test certificate expires.

If their theory test certificate expires before they can take a driving test, they will need to follow the above steps.

If they want to cancel their driving test now

They can cancel their driving test now and get a full refund. To do this, email [email protected].

Make sure they include their name and 2 of the following in their email:

  • their driving licence number
  • their theory test pass certificate number
  • their driving test booking reference

More information

Check GOV.UK for more information about:

Guidance

Coronavirus: driving theory tests

Theory tests have restarted in England and Scotland, with new social distancing and safety precautions in place. They will restart in Wales on 3 August 2020.

Theory tests are still suspended in areas under local lockdown in England.

There’s separate guidance about driving tests.

Keeping you safe at the test centre

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has introduced social distancing measures and safety precautions at test centres.

These include:

  • using floor markings to keep people 2 metres apart
  • spacing workstations and chairs so you’re 2 metres away from other people
  • extra cleaning of the test centres
  • using protective transparent screens at the reception desk
  • providing hand sanitiser for you to use when you arrive at the test centre, during your test and when you leave
  • cleaning workstations, including computers and headphones, before every test

Staff will wear a face covering (unless there’s a medical reason that it’s not recommended for them) and gloves.

You have to come into the test centre alone. This is to help with social distancing.

Hand sanitiser will be available when you arrive at the test centre.

Antiviral wipes will be available for you to wipe your locker before you put your belongings in it.

Workstations and chairs will be spaced so you’re 2 metres away from other people.

Wearing a face covering

England

In England, you should wear a face covering when you come for your test if you can. Do not wear one if you may find it difficult to manage, for example, you have a respiratory condition.

Checking your ID

You will need to remove it briefly so the test centre staff can check your ID.

Find out how to wear and make a cloth face covering.

When you must not come for your test

You must not come for your theory test if:

You have to stay at home (self-isolate).

Change your theory test appointment if you need to self-isolate on the day of your theory test.

You can do this free of charge if you’re self-isolating, including if you do it at short notice (within 3 clear working days of the test).

If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus

If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, you should have received a letter telling you that you’re in this group or have been told by your GP.

DVSA recommends that you take your test after shielding has been paused. This is from:

  • 1 August 2020 in England

For help please refer to theKath Bools Automatic – Theory Assistance and booking your theory test information page.

To book an automatic driving lesson with Kath Bools Automatic call 07855 428145

Guidance

Coronavirus: driving tests

Declare if you cannot wear a face covering

When you arrange your test, you’ll need to say if there’s a good reason you cannot wear a face covering when you take your test.

Booking a new driving test

You cannot currently book a new driving test if you did not have one booked before lockdown.

Driving tests will be carried out for people who had their test cancelled because of coronavirus as a priority.

Check back or sign up for email alerts to find out when you can book a new driving test.

When you come for your driving test

You must make sure the inside of the vehicle is cleaned before the test. The examiner will also use an antiviral wipe to clean the passenger door and anything they’ll need to touch inside the vehicle.

Do not arrive for your driving test more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.

The driving test centre waiting room will be closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but the toilets will be available on request.

Keeping you safe when you take your test

DVSA has introduced social distancing measures and safety precautions.

These include:

  • driving examiners wearing face coverings – they might also choose to wear gloves and use disposable seat covers
  • limiting the number of people arriving for a driving test at the same time
  • not allowing your driving instructor or supervising driver to sit in the back during your test

Wearing a face covering

You must bring and wear a face covering when you come for your test, unless you have a good reason not to. This includes if:

  • you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
  • putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
  • you need to remove it during your test to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others

When you arrange your test

You need to say if you have a good reason not to wear a face covering when you arrange your test.

Your test will be cancelled if you come for your test without a face covering and you did not declare you could not wear one when you arranged your test.

You will need to remove your face covering briefly so your driving examiner can check your ID.

During your driving test

If you have a problem with your face covering during the test, your driving examiner will ask you to stop so you can adjust it. Your driving examiner will end the test early if it becomes a safety issue.

If you make a mistake

You can carry on if you make a mistake during your driving test.

If you make a serious or dangerous fault, which means you’ve failed, your driving examiner will direct you back to the driving test centre, where the test will end. This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.

Find out more about how the car driving test works.

At the end of your test

Your driving examiner will:

  • ask you to get out of your vehicle before they give you your test result feedback
  • ask if you want your instructor to come over to listen to the feedback if it’s safe to do so

This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the vehicle.

When you must not come for your test

You must not come for your driving test if:

You have to stay at home (self-isolate).

Change your driving test appointment if you need to self-isolate on the day of your driving test.

You can do this free of charge if you’re self-isolating, including if you do it at short notice (within 3 clear working days of the test).

For help please refer to theKath Bools Automatic – practical driving test information page.

To book an automatic driving lesson with Kath Bools Automatic call 07855 428145