The government has decided not to extend theory test certificates due to the impact on road safety.
DVSA said: ”We understand that this will be disappointing for some of your pupils. But it’s essential that your pupils have the most up-to-date road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills to help prepare them for their test and driving safely on their own once they’ve passed.“
DVSA cannot reschedule your pupil’s driving test that was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic because their theory test certificate has expired. What will happen is:
- DVSA will cancel their driving test booking.
- They’ll get a full refund for their driving test. It will be refunded to the card that was used to pay for the test. They do not need to do anything to get the refund.
- They will need to book and pass a theory test at gov.uk/book-theory-test.
- Revise and practise for their theory test. Check what books and software can be used at gov.uk/theory-test/revision-and-practice.
- They need to book and pass a driving test. They must do this within two years of passing their next theory test.
Your pupil can book a new theory test up to six months before their current theory test certificate expires, or at any time after it’s expired.
If your pupil’s certificate is due to expire, DVSA will email your pupils in the coming weeks to invite them to arrange a driving test. However, it cannot guarantee that they’ll be able to take their driving test before their theory test certificate expires.
If their theory test certificate expires before they can take a driving test, they will need to follow the above steps.
They can cancel their driving test now and get a full refund. To do this, they should email email@example.com.
Make sure they include their name and two of the following in their email:
- Driving licence number
- Theory test pass certificate number
- Driving test booking reference