DVSA: Covid-19 Restrictions

Vocational testing services – lifting of COVID-19 driving test restrictions

We are lifting COVID-19 restrictions affecting vocational tests in England from Tuesday 1 March in line with the government announcement that English restrictions ended on 24 February.

You need to make your pupils aware of these forthcoming changes, especially if you have made their practical test booking for them.

DVSA guidance on GOV.UK will be updated shortly.

The current vocational driving and theory tests safety measures in Scotland and Wales remain in place and we will let you know of any changes.

Face coverings

Your pupils will have personal choice on whether they want to wear a face covering on their vocational driving and theory tests from 1 March in England.

Candidates will no longer have to let us know if they cannot wear a face covering in advance of their vocational test from 1 March. This also applies to bookings you make on behalf of your pupils.

We encourage you to make your pupils aware of this forthcoming change.

Face coverings continue to be a personal choice for you and your pupil during vocational training in England.

Candidates testing positive for COVID-19

We encourage vocational candidates testing positive for COVID-19 up to 5 days before their driving test not to attend their test to reduce the spread of the virus.

You or your pupil should email us at customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk with the subject title ‘COVID-19 short notice cancellation’ to rearrange their test.

You or your pupil will need to include at least 2 of these in the email:

  • their driving licence number
  • their driving test booking reference

We will then contact you or your pupil to help rearrange the vocational test. Your pupil will not have to pay again.

Taking rapid lateral flow tests

Until 1 April we continue to ask your pupils to take a rapid lateral flow test before their driving test if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. We are asking that they do this on the day of their driving test, before they leave home.

Find out more about taking a rapid lateral flow test before taking a driving test.

Thank you for your support

We know this has been a very challenging period for the driver and rider training industry.

The changes we have made to our services have had an impact across the industry but you have shown resilience, supported our colleagues and responded positively to our engagement.

We want to thank you for taking the necessary action to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and protect our colleagues.



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