What is the Driving Test?
The Driving Test is a test of the skill level of anyone over the age of 17 that wishes to obtain a full UK driving licence.
The practical test has developed a lot from its beginings as a voluntary test in 1930's. These days the test is approximately 40 minutes
long and as well as driving, it includes simple maintenance questions, a manouevre, an independent driving section and sometimes, an emergency stop.
More Info: History of the Driving Test
How long is the Driving Test?
The practical driving test takes approximately 40 minutes to complete - the 40 minutes includes ALL sections of
the test - that is:
More Info: What happens on the Driving Test
Driving Test and the Provisional licence
You must own a Provisional licence to take the Practical Driving Test for a car, moped or motorcycle.
You can to apply for a provisional licence from the age of 16 year and 9 months old. The Provisional licence is valid for
10 years from date of issue.
More Info: Provisional Driving Licence Help
Driving Test and the Theory Test
You need to pass the Theory Test for your catagory of vehicle before you will be allowed to take the driving test.
If you are hoping to add another category to your full driving licence, you will need to retake the theory test for that vehicle. For example,
the motorcycle theory test is different from the car theory test, therefore you will need to retake it before the driving test.
More Info: Theory Test Help
After the Driving Test
The examiner will inform whether you have been successful.
They will then give a short debrief about your test - whether you pass or fail the test, it's important that you listen to the debrief as it
will contain advice on areas that you need to improve on. All new drivers need to continue improving!
The Examiner will give you the driving test report and if you've been succesful, your pass certificate, plus extra information on improving your
You will be given the option of sending your provisional licence to the DVLA yourself or letting the examiner send it for you.
If you decide to do it yourself - information on how to do it is on the back of the pass certificate
If you'd rather have it done automatically - your examiner will take your licence and you should receive your full licence within 3 weeks
In the meantime, the Driving Test Pass Certificate is proof that you passed your test.