When should I book my Practical Driving Test?


Your Instructor will advise you when the time is right to book your test.

They will take into account your driving standard on all types of roads and in different situations as well as the waiting time at the test centre. Then, you have to decide if you feel you are ready too.

If you don't feel confident enough, then leave it for a while so you can work on your confidence. Only go for a test if both you and your instructor feel you are ready.

Also, don't book a test if your instructor doesn't feel you are ready. It would just be a waste of both your time and your money to take a test that you are not fully prepared for.

Ask yourself:

  • Can I drive confidently on all types of roads?
  • Are my manoeuvres executed with good control and observation?
  • Can I drive independently and confidently (without supervision)?
  • If I make a mistake, can I rectify it safely myself?
  • Have I successfully completed the Progress Report (Drivers Record)?
  • Have I taken a Mock Test?
  • If yes, what showed up on my mock test that I need to work on?
  • If no, do I have a Mock Test planned and am I ready for it?

So, are you ready?

If you are, and your instructor is in agreement, then yes, book your test, but, consult your instructor first to find out the best date and time that suits you both.

There are three ways to book your Driving Test.

1. By telephone. Call the DVSA on 0300 200 11 22

You will need your Provisional Driving Licence no. your Theory Test Certificate no. a valid Credit/Debit Card and your driving instructors' ADI badge no.

2. Via the Internet. Go to www.gov.uk/book-practical-driving-test and follow the online instructions. (Only use this website as other sites may charge you a booking fee).

3. Click the link to the right (in the sidebar) which will take you directly to the Test booking site.

Again, you will need your Provisional Driving Licence no. your Theory Test Certificate no. and a valid Credit/Debit Card.

The current Test Fee for a car is:

A Standard, Practical Driving Test 

Extended test for disqualified drivers

The local Driving Test Centres we use are:

Hastings/St Leonards:

Practical Driving Test Centre,

Ivyhouse Lane,



East Sussex.

TN35 4NN 


84, Wartling Road,


BN22 7PT


Bradford (Heaton)

15, Farfield Street,



Bradford (Thornbury)

The Courtyard Midpoint,



When you have booked your Practical Driving Test, you will receive either a letter or an email confirming your test date, time and Test Centre, along with a booking reference no. Keep this safe, you should take it with you when taking your test, and, you may need it if you wish to either change or cancel your test.

As soon as you have booked your Driving Test, notify your instructor of the date and time so that they can put it in their diary ASAP.

You'll have to pay the full amount again if you don't pass your test and want to take another one, so check out our "10 Tips On How To Pass Your Driving Test First Time"

and good luck!

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