Driving Theory Test

Before you take your driving test on the road, you must be a provisional driving licence holder and pass your theory test, which comprises two sections.

  • a set of multiple-choice questions
  • a hazard perception video test about spotting hazards on the road

You can take the theory test from your 17th birthday onwards. If your circumstances change after you have booked your theory test, you are able to check or change your test date or details.

If you fail and want to resit your theory test, you can re-book a date a minium of 3 working days later.


If you receive or have applied for the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), you can take your theory test when you are 16.

You won’t need to take the car theory test if:

  • you hold a full licence to drive an automatic car and wish to take a test to upgrade to a full manual licence;
  • you already hold a category B1 driving licence (3 or 4-wheeled light vehicles) and wish to upgrade to a car licence;
  • you have already passed a moped or motorcycle test.

However, you need to pass a car theory test before taking the car driving test if you have a licence that was not issued in Great Britain.

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