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Latest Update on driver theory tests

Please see below the latest update from the DVSA, following the latest update from Boris.

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

After careful consideration and in response to a recent petition the government has decided not to extend theory test certificates for road safety reasons.

We understand this will be disappointing for some of your pupils, but it’s essential that they have the most up-to-date road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills at the critical point that they drive on their own for the first time.

The way we are managing test bookings is affected by COVID-19 restrictions

If your pupil’s practical driving test has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will reschedule it for the next available test appointment at their chosen test centre.

If no test appointments are available at their chosen test centre before their theory test certificate expires, their practical test booking will be put on hold.

Pupils with tests booked whose theory test certificate has expired

If your pupil’s driving test is suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions, and their theory test certificate has expired or expires, we will cancel and refund the cost of their practical test.

Your pupil will then need to rebook and pass their theory test before they can sit a practical test.

Your pupil must have a valid theory test certificate before they can book their practical test, and on the day they take it.

If you have booked any tests on behalf of your pupils who have been affected by this you need to let them know what will happen next.

If your pupil’s theory test expires before the next available practical test date

If your pupil’s theory test certificate has been put on hold because it is due to expire, they can either:

  • cancel their booking and get a full refund

  • look on the booking system for a cancellation at their original test centre or book an available test appointment at a different test centre on a date before their theory test expires – in line with any current travel restrictions

If you or your pupil book a test at an alternative site you will need to check the relevant travel restrictions leading up to the appointment date to make sure they are able to travel in to the area.

If your pupil does not rebook or cancel their practical test before their theory test certificate expires, their practical test booking with be cancelled and refunded.

Your pupils can book a new theory test up to 6 months before their current theory test certificate expires, or at any time after it has expired.

If you have booked any tests on behalf of your pupils who have been affected by this you need to let them know and discuss their options with them.

If your pupil wants to request a refund

You pupils can request a refund for the cost of their practical test through the online cancellation service at

They need to include their name and 2 of the following identifiers in their email:

  • their driving licence number

  • their theory test pass certificate number

  • their driving test booking reference

More information

Check GOV.UK for the latest about:

  • theory tests

  • driving tests

  • instructor guidance

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