Restarting driver and rider instruction and tests

Restarting driver and rider instruction and tests

The government has confirmed that driver and rider instruction can restart from 4 July in England.

They have confirmed that car, motorcycle and vocational tests can restart after this point.

We are introducing a phased approach to resuming testing so that learners have the opportunity to practice before taking a test.

Read our news story to find out more.

What we've been doing

Since Gareth Llewellyn updated you on 15 June we have:

  • started to put the scheduled tests on hold
  • offered more critical workers theory tests
  • checked our plans for sharing candidate information with the NHS Test and Trace Service in England, Test and Protect in Scotland, and Test, Trace, Protect in Wales with the Information Commissioner’s Office. 

How we’ll support the NHS Test and Trace service in England

If a driving test candidate or driving examiner develops symptoms in the days after a test, the NHS Test and Trace service will use data DVSA collects from the candidate to contact them.

We've updated our privacy notice published on GOV.UK to explain how we manage personal data. 

Information for candidates to let know what to expect on test

We will publish information on GOV.UK for candidates to let them know what to expect on the day of their theory test and practical test.

What happens next

Over the next few days we are continuing preparation so that our test centres, examiners, and services are ready.

This includes a phased returned of the trainer booker service and the online business service from 6 July.

In the coming days we’ll update you more on these and let you know more about our phased return to testing.