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Booking your theory test

You must have a provisional driving licence to book your theory test. There are 2 parts to the test:


● multiple-choice questions


hazard perception – a video test about spotting hazards on the road


You book and take them as a single test. You must pass both parts to pass the test.


When you can take the theory test


You can take the theory test from your 17th birthday onwards. You can take it from your 16th birthday if you get or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).


Who needs to take the theory test


You usually need to take the theory test before you can get your full car driving licence. You don’t need to take the car theory test if you:


● want to upgrade an automatic car licence to a manual driving licence


● already have a category B1 driving licence (3 or 4-wheeled light vehicles)


If you have a moped or motorcycle licence


You must pass a car theory test before taking the car driving test.


If your licence isn’t from Great Britain


Find out if you can drive in Great Britain (GB) with your non-GB licence without taking a theory and driving test.


Change or check your test details


You can change the date of your theory test after you’ve booked it. You can check your appointment details if you’ve lost your booking confirmation.


Rebook your test


Rebook your theory test if you have failed your test and want to resit it. You have to choose a date at least 3 working days from the date of your last theory test.

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