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

If you’re learning to drive in England, you can now take lessons again...

UK driving test changes: what it means for learner drivers

From 4 July, driving instructors in England are able to offer practical driving lessons again, following a Government announcement made by House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg. Although lessons can start from that date, there will be a phased approach to practical driving tests. 

A number of coronavirus safety measures will need to be in place: instructors and students must sanitise their hands before the start of the lesson and both must wear face masks and disposable gloves. Tutors may also wear face visors and clothing that covers their arms and legs. To minimise the spread of infection, car windows may be kept open during lessons.  

Driving instructors will also be asked to thoroughly wipe down all parts of the vehicle that are likely to be touched by pupils at the end of each lesson. 

Theory tests were suspended across the UK in March due to the coronavirus outbreak, but these have now been reintroduced in England.  

If you pre-booked your driving test for a date before 4 July, you'll be given a new date to take it.


In Scotland and Wales, emergency driving tests are 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 to cancel your practical test and get a full refund, you can do so by emailing 

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