Book the Practical Test

The quickest and easiest way to book, check, change or cancel your practical driving or riding test is online. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) recommends that you book on Directgov. You can also book by phone or by post

Book your practical test online

The quickest and easiest way to book your practical driving test is online. When you book online you'll see all the available appointments

How to book your practical test by phone

To book a practical test over the phone you'll need a:
  • valid UK driving licence
  • theory test certificate number
  • valid debit or credit card for payment (Visa, MasterCard, Delta and Visa Electron cards are accepted)

Telephone 0300 200 1122

How to book your practical test by post

To book your practical test by post you'll need an application form. You can download one from the link below, or get one by contacting the DSA booking line.

How you can pay when booking by post

You can pay by cheque or postal order, but cash payments aren't accepted

DSA does not provide gift vouchers as a way of paying for driving tests. If you want to pay the cost of the driving test as a present for someone, DSA recommends that you give them the money. They can then book their test online for a time that suits them.

Before you book your practical test

You can find your nearest driving test centre online before you book your test.

How long it takes to get a practical test appointment

DSA aims to give you a practical test appointment within nine weeks for most types of driving tests. However, the waiting time varies around the country and throughout the year. So, you might have a shorter or longer wait depending on where and when you take your test.

Your theory test certificate number

You will need your theory test certificate number to book your test. If you have lost your certificate, you should contact DSA. Although DSA does not issue replacement certificates, they'll be able to send you a brief letter containing your certificate number.
When you contact DSA about your lost certificate, you'll need to give your name and driving licence number. 

Taking your practical test if you have special needs

When you book your practical test you should say if you have any special needs. This is so DSA can make reasonable adjustments for your tests. Find out what you need to tell DSA about if you have special needs from the link below.