Driving lessons and tests to restart in England

DVSA have announced that driving lessons and tests will be resuming from 4 July, as the Government gives the go-ahead to restart driving tests in a Covid-secure way.

Theory tests will restart in England on Saturday 4 July. The tests will take place with social distancing measures in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Car driving tests will restart in England on Wednesday 22 July, which will give learner drivers time to have refresher lessons and practice before taking their test.

Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests are still suspended in Scotland and Wales, in line with guidance from the devolved administrations.

The phased restart to testing is as below:

• 4 July – driving lessons and Compulsory Basic Training to restart (England only)
4 July – theory test restarts for all candidates – including Approved Driving Instructor  part 1 tests (England only)
6 July – expanding critical worker driving tests to more applicants (Great Britain)
6 July – trainer booker service for practical driving tests reopens to motorcycle trainers and vocational instructors(Trainers will only be able to book tests at tests centres in England)
13 July – motorcycle and vocational tests start (England only)

DVSA has continued to test critical workers during the lockdown and driving lessons have continued for these workers.

New candidates will be able to book driving tests once DVSA has carried out the tests reserved for critical workers and everyone with a suspended test has had the opportunity to choose a new time and date.

DVSA will announce when the system opens to book tests in due course.

Safety measures will be put in place to protect learners and examiners from COVID-19 and information on how to implement these measures will be published in due course.

You can find out more about the restart of driving lessons and tests here.