Driving test booking service reopens

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has reopened the driving test booking service, following unprecedented demand on Friday 21 August 2020.

DVSA has introduced a queuing system for people using the service. You’ll get a number and see where you are in the queue.

Only 35,675 appointments are available during the next six weeks. This is because:

  • People who had a test cancelled because of coronavirus and critical workers who applied for an emergency driving test were given priority to book a test within some of this time
  • Social distancing measures are limiting the number of tests DVSA can carry out per day
  • Some key worker tests are still being carried out as a priority

You’ll only be able to see and book appointments available within the next six weeks. This means your pupil must be ready to take your driving test within the next six weeks. If they’re not ready, do not try to book now.  The service will show you available appointments at your other nearest driving test centres if your preferred choice is fully booked.

All the available appointments are shown on the online service. The DVSA customer service centre does not have access to any other appointments, so please do not call them. There is not a ‘waiting list’ or ‘cancellation list’ for driving tests – you can only book the appointments you can see online.

On average fewer than 50% of people pass the driving test and there could be long waiting times for a re-test – so you should only book when you and your pupil are confident they can pass.

New appointments will be made available each week, so a rolling six-week period is available.

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