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.
- 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
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.
When you must not come for your test
You must not come for your theory test if:
- you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms
- you’ve been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you’ve been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
- if you have returned to the UK in the last 14 days, unless you travelled from certain countries or territories (there’s a different list of countries if you live in Scotland), or are in other very limited situations
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