One metre social distancing for theory tests in England

DVSA has introduced at least one metre social distancing measures at theory test centres in England.

This is in line with current government guidance to stop the spread of COVID-19. Measures include:

  • Using floor markings to keep people one metre apart
  • Spacing workstations and chairs so candidates are at least one metre away from other people
  • Extra cleaning of the test centres
  • Using protective transparent screens at the reception desk
  • Providing hand sanitiser for candidates to use when they arrive at the test centre, during their test and when they leave
  • Cleaning workstations, including computers and headphones, before every test

Staff will wear a face covering (unless there’s a medical reason that it’s not recommended for them) and gloves.

Your pupils should wear a face covering when they go for their test if they can. They shouldn’t wear one if it will cause them difficulties – for example if they have a respiratory condition. They will need to remove it briefly so the test centre staff can check their ID. Your pupils can find out more about how to wear and make a cloth face covering on GOV.UK.

More tests were made available from 3 August to reduce the waiting time for theory tests.

Theory tests in Scotland restarted on 22 July and tests in Wales began on 3 August.

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