The Practical Driving Test

Once you have passed the theory and hazard perception test you can apply for the practical driving test. Your instructor will advise and discuss with you when he thinks you are ready to book your driving test. Bear in mind there can sometimes be a waiting list.

If you can drive and control your car safely and smoothly, have full awareness of other road users and consideration for the road, weather and traffic conditions,  can competently perform the slow manoeuvres and follow a Sat Nav unaided for a short while, then you are ready to take your driving test.


To book the test you will need -

  • Your provisional licence
  • Your theory test certificate number
  • A credit /debit card
  • An idea of preferred dates and times
  • Details of any speciial requirements

  Before you book your test be certain that your instructor and his car will be available at that time. When booking the test you are allowed to temporarily reserve your preferred date and time for 15 minutes giving you time to liaise with your instructor after which you can go ahead and confirm the booking.

The test can be booked online at

or by phone on 0300 200 1122

The driving test fee is currently £62

Evening and weekend tests cost £75

Link to
Directgov website 

The nearest practical driving test centres are:

Bodmin Driving Test Centre
Units 32-36
Walker Line Offices
Beatrice Road
PL31 1RD
Launceston Driving Test Centre
Suite 4,
Sheers Barton Barn
PL15 9NJ

The driving test explained:

At the beginning of the test the examiner will ask if you would like your instructor to sit in on the driving test acting only as an observer. The examiner will also ask if you would like your instructor to be present for the debrief at the end of the test. You can choose with which you feel most comfortable.

The practical test lasts around 45 minutes and is conducted by a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner.

As well as general driving the driving test will consist of -

  • Reading a number plate at 20 metres  - remember glasses if needed
  • Two Tell me /Show me questions, one before and one during the test 
  • A reversing or parking manoeuvre
  • A twenty minute period of Sat Nav driving -  see independent driving
  • You may also be asked to perform an emergency stop

You will be told the result at the end of the test .........

All faults observed by the examiner are classified as driving faults, serious faults or dangerous faults. You will have passed if you have 15 or less driving faults and no serious or dangerous faults. 

 When you pass your drivng test the examiner will give you a pass certificate and ask you to hand over your provisional licence so he/she can arrange for it to be exchanged for a full licence, which you will receive in the post

Allow approximately 3 hours on the test day to allow for the journey time to the test centre, practice/instructor brief, the test itself and examiner debrief, and the journey time home.

    On the day of your test you will need -

  • Your test appointment letter
  • Your provisional photocard licence
  • Your theory test certificate