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Changing Your Practical Driving Test
Can I change my practical driving test?
Yes, you can change your practical driving test. In fact, you are able to change your appointment up to 8 times. Any more changes after that you will need to cancel your test and rebook it.
There are many reasons as to why you may be looking to change, cancel or move your driving test. Whatever the reason, do not stress, you’re not the first. Even better, there are options for you when it comes to changing your driving test.
If you’re unsure on what to do, or where you stand, we have provided all the information you need below.
How do I change my driving test?
You will be able to head over to the gov.uk website and complete the step-by-step process on the DVSA practical test section.
Click here to head on over now and change your driving test. You will need:
● Your driving licence number
● Driving test reference number
If you don't have your driving test reference number then you can use your theory test pass number.
Changing your driving test online
The online service not only lets you change your appointment, it also allows you to change the test centre where you were originally booked in to take your test. This is a great ‘need to know’ as it means you may not need to change your driving test to a different day, just a different location.
If you do change your location, we highly recommend you speak with your driving instructor to have a few practice drives to familiarise yourself with the area.
Can I call to change my driving test?
Yes you can.
You can contact the DVSA by calling 0300 200 1122 at any time from Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm. You can even email them on firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out via social media.
When you reach out, make sure you have two of the following:
● Your driving licence number
● Your theory test pass certificate number
● Your driving test booking reference
Currently it's free to change your test, but this is because of the coronavirus.
How much notice do I need to give to change my test?
3 clear working days - remember, Sundays and public holidays do not count as working days.
If you do not allow for the 3 working days notice, unfortunately, you won’t be able to move the test. You will need to rebook the test and pay the full amount for another day.
The 3 working day expectation however doesn’t stand for every situation. If you can prove one of the below, then you will not incur any additional costs:
● Proof of illness with a medical certificate
● A bereavement
● School exams
● Duty as an armed forces member
All of the above applies to cancelling your practical driving test.
So I can change my driving test if I’m ill without any additional cost?
If you’re giving 3 working days notice before your test then you can change your driving test without an additional cost. If you have a medical certificate proving your illness you will also qualify to rebook your test without the additional cost.
However, if you cannot prove your illness with a medical certificate, or you do not notify the DVSA 3 working days before your practical test, unfortunately, you will not receive a refund and you will need to pay for another test.
What if there’s a problem with the car before or during the test?
If your car breaks down enroute or during the test, you will need to rebook and pay for another test. The same applies if your car does not meet the rules to be used in a test.
Can the DVSA change or cancel my driving test?
Yes, the DVSA can cancel your practical driving test. Although it’s quite rare.
There’s various reasons why they may cancel - it may be that the examiner is unwell, or the weather conditions are too unsafe to drive in.
If your practical test is cancelled, you will be sent a new date for your test. If the date doesn't suit, then you can change the date.
You can also apply for a refund of out-of-pocket expenses if they cancel too short of notice.
Can I delay my driving test if I don’t feel ready for the test?
Nerves are completely natural. Breathe, stay calm.
Just think, your driving instructor wouldn’t have told you to book your practical driving test if they didn’t think you were capable of passing. Take that confidence with you to test day!
Best of luck for when your test day does come!