DVSA Update on Driving Test Waiting Rooms

Twelve waiting rooms remain closed, and we are working to reopen as many of these as we can for the benefit of you and your pupils.


Poor ventilation

The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority and good ventilation helps stop the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, the 12 remaining closed waiting rooms have poor ventilation as they have no opening windows. 

These are as follows:


Bangor MPTC
Carlisle MPTC
West Wickham


Castle Douglas

We are currently working to see how we can offer waiting room facilities at these centres. You can check for updates on the current full list of closed waiting rooms on GOV.UK.


Loughborough Driving Test Centre’s waiting room

Loughborough Driving Test Centre’s waiting room has reopened during normal business hours but is closed for tests taking place before 8am or on the weekend.

This is due to the waiting room needing the reception area to have staff cover.


Revised rules for waiting rooms

We have introduced revised temporary rules for using driving test centre waiting rooms during the pandemic.

They include:

  • limiting how many people are allowed in at any time, which is shown on posters outside and inside the waiting room
  • limiting the use to people who are with candidates out on a driving test
  • expecting you to wear a face covering unless you have a good reason not to wear one in England
  • requiring you to wear a face covering unless you have a good reason not to wear one in Wales and Scotland

See the latest driving waiting room rules.


Clean the inside of the car before you come for test

It is still important to remember that you must clean the inside of your car before your test and make sure that you’ve left fresh air in.

Your car must have at least one window open on each side throughout the test, so your pupil needs to wear clothing suitable for the weather.

Find out more about the rules for the car used for the driving test.

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