Updated: Driver tests in England suspended

New national restrictions are in place from 5 November to 2 December 2020.

The Government has announced that driving lessons should not take place in England from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 Decembe. Driving tests will also be suspended during this time. This is due to the new national restrictions in place.

Your pupils can still have private practice using their own car as long as they and the supervising driver are from the same household and it is travel for work, education or for other legally permitted exemptions.

All driving tests in England will be suspended from Thursday 5 November and restart on Wednesday 2 December. This includes theory tests, ADI part 2 and 3 tests and standards checks.

DVSA will email everyone with a test booked between Thursday 5 November and Tuesday 1 December to let them know it will be rescheduled to a new time and date.

Given the short period of time the new restrictions will be in place, DVSA will not be offering a critical worker priority service. This means that you should not offer lessons to critical workers in England during the new national restrictions period. Critical workers will need to follow the Government’s travel guidance.

If you have booked a test for any of your pupils, you will receive an email to let you know it will be rescheduled to a new time and date. You will need to contact your pupil to let them know. It could take up to a week for DVSA to reschedule all tests. If the new time and date is not suitable for you or your pupil, you can choose a new time and date on GOV.UK.

Your pupils should not travel out of England to take a driving test. If they travel out of England to come to their driving test examiners will not be able to test them. If you live in England but your pupil does not, you will need to follow the government guidance on travelling and work.

During the national restrictions in England DVSA is pausing plans to open up other waiting rooms in England until after 2 December. The agency says it will send an update about waiting rooms in Scotland and Wales this week.

Click here for the latest DVSA information.

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