Your Driving Test


How much does it cost?

The cost of sitting your driving test varies. Check with your instructor, local test centre or the DSA website for up-to-date prices. Remember, as well as the test fee, there is a seperate fee for the Theory Test and you usually have to pay for a lesson immediately beforehand.


The practical test

Applying for the test:

  • Your instructor will let you know when you're ready to sit your practical driving test
  • You can apply on-line at the GOV.UK website. Remember to make sure you've got your driver number and method of payment to hand
  • You can also apply by post using an application form available from your driving instructor or local driving test centre
  • You normally take your test between Monday and Friday. If you want to sit your test on Saturday it costs more.


You must have the following documents with you on the day:

  • Photocard licence. Bring both the paper and photocard parts of the licence. If you only have a paper licence, you must bring a passport with you
  • Theory test pass certificate
  • Appointment card.


Step 1

You'll probably have a driving lesson just before you sit your test. Your instructor will make sure you're at the test centre in plenty of time. You then wait in the waiting room until the examiner comes to meet you.

Step 2

The examiner asks you to sign an insurance form which says you're insured to drive the vehicle you're using in the test. He then checks your documents and, once outside, will do the eyesight test.

Step 3

Once the examiner has checked your vehicle is displaying red 'L' plates and has current road tax, you'll then start the car and head off on your test.

Step 4

Show me - tell me:
 Candidates will be asked two questions; one 'show me' and one 'tell me'.
If you answer one or both questions incorrectly it will result in one driving fault being recorded. Examples of safety check questions for cars:

Open the bonnet and 'show me':

  • Where you check the engine oil level and how you check the engine has enough oil
  • Where you check the engine coolant level and how you check the engine has the correct level
  • Where the windscreen washer reservoir is and how you check the windscreen washer level
  • Where the brake fluid reservoir is and how you check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

 'Tell me' how you would check that the:

  • Brake lights are working on this car
  • Brakes are working before starting a journey
  • Tyres have sufficient tread depth and that they are generally in good condition.

Step 5

The test lasts about 40 minutes and you will be taken along a series of roads, ranging from quiet roads to busier ones.

The required manoeuvres for the test are:

  • Emergency stop (happens in only one in every three tests)
  • Reverse around a corner
  • Reverse parking
  • Turn in the road.

You'll only be required to perform one manoeuvre. You will also be required to drive independently for ten minutes, making all your own decisions while following a given route.