The online service to apply for an Emergency Theory or Driving Test has closed as of 14th August 2020.

The DVSA will continue to provide Emergency Tests to Critical Workers who have already successfully applied. Those candidates will receive an email inviting them to book their test as soon as possible.

When Critical Workers log on to book their tests, they will be able to see all available appointments for the next six weeks.

Limiting the window to six weeks will allow the DVSA to respond to any change to COVID government guidance on a national or local level.

Why the critical worker service is closing?

Since the Emergency Test Service was introduced the situation has changed significantly.

The crucial need to provide NHS staff and ambulance drivers with a driving test to support the government response to the pandemic has eased.

Public transport is now much more readily available, and people are allowed to share cars with appropriate measures in place, in most of the UK.

The country is going back to work.

To help us return our services to normal, we need to move away from offering tests exclusively to critical workers and reopen our services to the general public.

When the booking service will reopen

At present the booking system remains closed to all new non-critical tests. The DVSA let us know when they are reopening the service for everyone. This includes people who:

  • have now taken a test that was originally cancelled due to coronavirus, but failed and need to retake their test
  • are taking a test for the first time

Until they reopen the booking service to the general public, only critical workers who have been invited to book a test can use it.

Tests for non-critical workers should not booked.

The DVSA will monitor tests booked for non-critical workers and will cancel any that do not match their records.

The DVSA will provide an update once the date for reopening the online booking service to the general public has been confirmed.