How to change your driving test

Added on Thursday, 23rd November 2023 Last updated Thursday, 23rd November 2023

Passing your DVSA practical driving test is the last step to achieving your full UK driving licence. Changing your driving test date appointment may seem an overwhelming task for learner drivers, but it is a simple process. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps on how to change your driving test and provide useful information along the way.

Can I change my DVSA practical driving test?

Yes, you can change driving test appointments with the DVSA up to six times. If you need to reschedule your driving test more than this, you will need to cancel your driving test and rebook another test.

You must change or cancel your driving test at least three clear working days before the scheduled date. For example, if your driving test is on a Friday, you must change or cancel your driving test by the previous Monday at the latest.

If you change or cancel your practical driving test within three working days of your test, you will lose your driving test fee and will need to pay again to rebook your test.

Why change your DVSA driving test date?

Before you can change a driving test, you must have a driving test booking. If you haven't already booked your practical driving test, you can do so through the DVSA website. Read our step-by-step guide on how to book a practical driving test.

There are various reasons why you may need to change your driving test date. Some common reasons include illness, personal commitments, or not feeling ready for the test.

Here are some other reasons why you may want to change your DVSA driving test booking...

Do you want an earlier driving test date?

If you have been waiting a long time for your driving test, you may want to change your appointment to an earlier date. This can be especially useful if you feel ready and prepared to take the test sooner than your current driving test booking.

Bear in mind that earlier driving test dates are in high demand, so it may not always be possible to change to an earlier slot, especially if you're checking for driving test cancellations yourself.

You can take your driving test faster using our driving test cancellation checker service. We regularly check for cancellations that meet your availability and can automatically book you any suitable earlier driving test dates we find.

Do you want a later driving test date?

You may want to change your driving test to a later date if you feel like you need more time to practise and perfect your skills before taking the test. Rescheduling your practical test to a later date can also help reduce any nerves or anxiety you have about the test.

Our driving test cancellation service can also move your driving test to a later date. Simply provide us with the dates and times you're available to take your next test and we will do the rest.

Do you want to change your driving test centre?

You can change your driving test to a DVSA test centre that is convenient for you. It is important to choose a test centre that is easily accessible and familiar. Find DVSA driving test centres near me

Whatever the reason for changing your DVSA driving test, it is essential to remember you must give at least three clear working days' notice to change your driving test.

Changing driving tests at short notice

If you need to change your driving test at short notice (within three working days of your test), you'll have to pay for your next driving test booking.

However, in some circumstances, the DVSA may refund your test booking fee after you've changed your practical test. You may be eligible for a refund if:

  • You've had a bereavement

  • You're too unwell to sit the driving test

  • Your driving licence has been stolen

  • You need to take a school or college exam

How to change DVSA driving test dates

You can change your practical driving test online. When changing your practical driving test appointment, you will need your provisional driving licence number and your theory test pass certificate number or driving test reference number. Follow these steps to change your driving test:

  1. Visit the GOV.UK website

  2. Tap/click on the 'Start now' button

  3. Enter your UK driving licence number and driving test reference number or theory test pass number

  4. Follow the online instructions to change your test date and time or driving test centre

  5. Check you're happy with your new driving test date and time before confirming the changes

Once you have successfully changed your driving test, you will receive a confirmation email from the DVSA containing your new driving test details. Make sure that the date, time, and location of the new test are suitable for you.

Do you have a practical driving test booked in Northern Ireland? Here's how you can change your driving test in Northern Ireland.

How to get a driving test cancellation with our driving test availability checker

If you're struggling to find a suitable driving test date and you don't have time to keep checking for cancellations, our driving test cancellation checker can help.

Our driving test app regularly checks for new driving test dates at every DVSA driving test centre and can automatically book these slots for you if they fit your search settings.

Find driving test cancellations now

Try our free driving test cancellation checker

How to change your driving test FAQ

Yes, you can change the time of your driving test online through the GOV.UK website. You will need your provisional driving licence number and your theory test pass certificate number or driving test reference number.

You can change your driving test appointments with the DVSA up to six times. After this, if you need to reschedule your driving test, you will need to cancel your driving test and rebook another test.

If you change or cancel your practical driving test within three working days of your test, you will lose your driving test fee and will need to pay again to rebook your test.

Yes, you can change your driving test to a DVSA driving test centre that is convenient for you.

Yes, our driving test cancellation app can be used to change your DVSA driving test to your perfect driving test date.

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