Applying for Tests

Driving tests.

You MUST pass the Hazzard Perception Test AND Theory Test before applying for your practical driving test.

Eyesight requirements for the practical driving test

Before the practical driving test, your driving examiner will ask you to read the number plate on a stationary vehicle.

The distance requirement for the eyesight test using old style number plates is 20.5 metres or 20 metres if the new-style number plate is used. New-style number plates are easily identifiable starting with two letters eg AB 51 ABC.

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The driving test is straightforward. It is designed to see if you can

  • drive safely
  • know the Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving

Test routes are designed to

  • be as uniform as possible
  • include a range of typical road and traffic conditions

You will be

  •  given directions in good time


  • asked to carry out set exercises

The driving test lasts approximately 38 / 40 minutes (Extended tests will last about 70 minutes)

Driving Test – Extended

Retesting for disqualified drivers

Courts can impose an extended driving test on anyone

  • convicted of dangerous driving offences
  • convicted of other offences involving obligatory disqualification

Loss of your driving licence for dangerous driving or related offences involving obligatory disqualification means that you return to ‘learner’ status. Normal rules for provisional licence-holders will apply.

You must take and pass a theory test for the category of vehicle for which you intend to take an extended practical driving test.

The extended driving test is longer and therefore more demanding. It lasts for about 70 minutes and covers a wide variety of roads, usually including dual carriageways. You are advised to prepare by taking suitable instruction from an ADI.

The higher fee reflects the length of the test.

The purpose of re-testing is not punitive; it is a road safety measure, to check the driver’s competence.

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