Can I still do driving lessons and take my driving test during the coronavirus pandemic?

If you’re learning to drive, can you still take lessons and take your theory and practical tests during the coronavirus outbreak?...

UK driving test changes: what it means for learner drivers

Driving instructors were advised to stop giving practical driving lessons from 23 March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so you can’t currently have a driving lesson. 

All driving tests have also been suspended. Theory tests have been curtailed until after 20 April, although you can still book a test online in advance for after this date. The fees for all cancelled tests will be refunded, although this may take a couple of weeks to come through. 

Practical tests aren’t being done for three months, either; they might restart towards the end of June. All pre-booked tests during this time will be re-allocated to a new date around three months later than the original. You won’t get email confirmation of this immediately; it’s likely to arrive around two weeks before the date of your original test. 

However, emergency driving tests are still being offered to those whose work is critical to the Covid-19 response and for those who work in a critical sector, including:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services


If you want to book an emergency driving test or cancel your practical test and get a full refund, you can do so by emailing

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