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Driving test qualifications

About the Driving Test

Before Learning to Drive you will need a Provisional Driving Licence, if you don’t already have one, then you can follow the links below to apply for one. The process to getting your Driving Licence comes with two tests, a Driving Theory Test and a Practical Driving Test. What is required of you to pass these tests can be found on this page. If you have any more questions about these tests, try our FAQs or Contact Us.

How to get your Provisional Licence

Before you get started you need to gain a provisional licence. The form needed is the “D1” this is available from your local post office. You will need to fill this out correctly and send it to DVLA along with two suitable passport photos.

 You can start driving when you’re:

17 if you want to drive a car
16 if you want to ride a moped or light quad bike.


About your Theory Test

You will have your own private booth with a computer.

The test consists of two parts; you will need to pass both parts in order to be successful.

Section 1: Multiple choice questions and answers

Section 2: Hazard perception, this is based on 14 video clips. Each clip is a minute long. Your job is simply to click the mouse when you see a hazard. Depending on how soon you spot it you could score anything from 5 to 0 points. This test must be passed before you can apply for your practical test.

Once you have passed the theory test it is valid for 2 years, if your practical test has not been passed within this time you will need to repeat it.


About your Practical Driving

So you’re now ready to take your final step to gaining your full driving licence.

On the day you MUST remember:

  • Your e-mail confirming the date and time of your test.
  • Your photo card licence.
  • Theory test certificate.

Failing to remember all of these things could result in you not being able to take your test.

At the start of the test the examiner will give you an eye sight test. If you fail this the practical test will not continue.

Next he will ask you one of your vehicle safety questions, the other question will be out on the road. These are also known as “show me/tell me questions

Then you will go on a drive of approximately 40 minutes. This will also incorporate 1 of the following manoeuvres

  • Forward bay park.
  • Reverse parallel park.
  • Reverse bay park.
  • Pulling over on the right of the road and reverse safely.
  • There is also a 1 in 3 chance of having to do an emergency stop.

As part of the test you will have to drive using a sat nav, or drive independently for approximately 20 minutes.

Independent Drive

  1. You could be shown a diagram with directions on, the directions will also be told to you verbally. It is then expected that you remember the directions; keeping your driving safe at the same time.
  2. The other possibility is that you are asked to follow the roads sign to a specific place such as Mersea this will normally last for 2 or 3 junctions.

Remember you cannot fail for going the wrong way as long as it is done safely as this is not a driving fault

On your drive the examiner will record any faults s/he sees. You are allowed a max of 15 minor driving faults. No serious or dangerous faults are acceptable and this will result in an automatic fail. You will not be told your result until the end of the test back at the test centre



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