Driving Licence FAQ
Q: How do I apply for a Provisional Licence in the UK
A: Details of applying for provisional licence can be found in the link, including the current fee.
Can I have 2 driving licences in the UK?
A: No, the DVLA only allows you to have one, if you lose it, apply for a replacement. Obtaining an additional licence using false details because you got points or banned on the original one is a criminal offence, and carries a hefty penalty which could include imprisionment.
Q: Can I drive in the UK with a Foreign licence or International driving permit?
A: You can use your Foreign licence or International driving permit to drive a car in the UK for up to 12 months from the date of your first entry in the UK, after that you will need to apply for a provisional licence and pass the UK driving test. Leaving the country and returning a few months later, does not add another 12 months to the period you are allowed to drive in the UK with a foreign licence. Foreign Licence and Driving test advice.
Q: Can I obtain a full UK driving licence without passing a test?
A: No. You can not obtain a full UK driving licence without passing the driving test. Anyone offering to take the driving test on your behalf or claiming to be able to get you one without you taking a DVSA test is involved in illegal activities.
Q: Do you have to always carry your driving licence when driving a car in the UK?
A: No. As long as you have a valid provisional or full driving licence, you don't need to always carry it. If you are stopped by the police, then you will be given 7 days to produce your licence. It is a good idea though to always have a means of Identity proof on you.
Q: How many passengers can I carry with my provisional licence?
A: As many passengers as the car can legally carry, and there no clauses in your insurance stopping you from doing so. You can also carry passengers during your driving lessons, as long as your driving instructor is happy to allow them. There is no provisional licence law prevent learner drivers from carrying passengers.
How many points can I have on my licence?
A: If you get more than 12 points on your driving licence including a provisional icence, you will get a driving ban!
Q: Can I get a driving licence without passing the driving test?
A: Here in the UK it is not possible to get a full driving licence without passing a driving test unless you have a full EU licence or a licence from one of the countries that the DVLA will exchange a full licence for.
Driving Test FAQ
Q: I forgot my theory test pass certificate, can I still take the practical car test?
A: Yes, the DSA examiner should not normally require to see the theory test pass report, as you would not have been able to get a driving test slot on the DSA system if you had not passed. The most important document you need for your practical appointment is both parts of your Photo ID provisional licence, without this you will not be able to continue, and will lose your driving test fee. Do arrive early though as being late could cost you the test if the examiner decides he needs to make a call to confirm you have passed the theory hazard perception test.
Q: Can I book a driving test without my driving instructor?
A: Yes, you don't need a driving instructor to book a driving test, if you do have one, do ask him/her before you book the test to make sure they are available for the dates you are looking to book. If asked for your instructors ADI number while booking a test, and you don't know it, just skip that option, you will still be able to book the practical driving test.
How many people pass the driving test first time?
A: As many as prepare properly for the test, know what is expected, and don't rely on luck during the test.
Q: How much does the driving test cost?
A: £62.00 during the week and £75.00 for weekends or weekday evenings (summer).
Q: Can I book the practical driving test without a theory pass certificate?
A: Yes, If you've lost or misplaced your theory test pass certificate, you can still book the practical driving test, but you will have to call the DSA up, as you won't be able to book the test online via the DSA website.
Q: How long is the practical driving test ?
A: Approximately 40 minutes including the show me/tell me part.
Which driving test centre has a higher pass rate, Hendon or Mill Hill?
A: Hendon Test Centre has a higher pass rate, and also a longer waiting time than Mill Hill driving test centre.
Note: Both test centres have driving test routes that overlap, so there is no guarantee that you wouldn't fail on the same thing eg Apex roundabout or 70mph dual carriageway.
Q: How soon can I drive my own car after passing the driving test?
A: You don't need to wait the 2-3 weeks it takes for your full driving licence to arrive, you can start driving immediately. Your driving test pass certificate is not a licence, but the DVLA will be informed of your pass, so feel free to enjoy your new found freedom, but do drive safely.
Q: Can I use my own private car (7 seater) for the test?
A: Yes, you use your private car on the driving test, but if you are unsure if your car is on the banned list, call the DSA. The BMW mini-convertible for example can't be used on a driving test.
Q: Can I pay the driving examiner to pass me during the driving test?
A: No you can't, and don't try it, as you could end up in jail!
Q: When is the best time to book/take/pass the driving test?
A: While you might have less traffic to deal with if you book your test during the quieter parts of the day, the best time to pass the test is when you are completely confident you have fully prepared for it. Many people fail their driving examination for things like observations, wrong use of speed or failure to obey road signs or markings, so traffic is not just a factor to consider.
Q: Can I choose which bay to park in (left or right) during the driving test?
A: Yes you can if practicable. Note: You will have to do right bay parking at the Barnet test centre, due to it being a shared car park and most instructors park outside the car park (there is a barrier).
Q: I failed my driving test, how long do I have to wait to book another driving test.
A: You will not be able to retake the test for another 10days, but you can rebook another attempt immediately as long as the date chosen is after he 10 day limit.
Q: Can you guarantee I will pass the driving test if I take driving lessons with you?
A: No, as I can predit what you will do in the car while out with the DSA examiner, but I can guarantee that if you take my advice, prepare and gain enough experience, then there is no reason why you shouldn't pass your next attempt in gaining a full British driving licence.
Q: What happens if I pass the driving test, and the DSA examiner takes both parts of my provisional licence including counterpart to send off to the DVLA, can I drive a car with just the pass certificate?
A: Yes you can drive your own car until your new full British licence arrives in the post about 3 weeks after the test, if you haven't got the new licence after 3 weeks, give the DVLA a call, the contact number is on the reverse of the pass cerificate.
You have 2 years to apply for your full driving licence if you don't allow the dsa examiner to do it for you. Failure to apply for a full British licence within this time will result in you having to take the practical test again.
Q: Can I take the theory test if I have 6 points or more on my provisional licence?
A: As long as you have not been banned or your licence revoked, you will still be allowed to take either the theory or practical driving test. This is why you need both parts as the paper counterpart shows and restrictions placed on the learner.
Learning to Drive FAQ
Q: How many hours or lessons will I need to pass the driving test?
A: It varies with every individual. See Driving Lesson Hours.
Q: Is the driving age changing to 18 in 2008?
A: There is no truth in rumors that the driving licence or test age is changing in April, September or October 2008. The current driving age is 17, not 18 or 21.
Q: Can I learn to drive in my own car with a friend or family member?
A: Yes you can, however if you want to have a good chance of passing the driving test, I would advice to learn all of the skills with a driving instructor (ADI, PDI), and then practice in your own car. If you do it the other way round, you will learn some bad habits which an instructor will then have to train you out of.
Does the DSA have driving test quotas?
A: Ehmmm ......... Contact them directly, they might tell you if their examiners have test quotas or not.
If you have a question not answered here or elsewhere in the blog (use the search box above), then please leave a comment, due to the large amount of emails I now get, I can't guarantee I will be able to reply to all queries especially since I get a lot of the same driving test questions.
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