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Wednesday, 3 October 2023

Documents to bring to your driving theory test

When you go for your theory test you must take the right documents with you. If you don't, your test might not go ahead and you might lose your fee. Find out what you need to take and what happens when you arrive at the test centre.

Documents you must bring to your test

You must bring the following documents with you. If you do not bring the right documents:

  • the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) will refuse to carry out the test
  • you will lose your fee

Bring both parts of your driving licence

You must bring both parts of your driving licence - the photocard and the paper counterpart.

If you have an old-style paper licence, you must take your signed driving licence and you must also bring a valid passport.

No other form of photographic identification will be accepted.

What to do if you have lost your driving licence

If you misplace your driving licence, you must apply for a replacement from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). This could take up to 15 days. If this happens, you may have to rearrange your test.

At the theory test centre

Watch a video about the driving theory test

Once you have been registered at reception you'll go through to the test room. You aren't allowed to take anything into the room with you. All your personal items must be stored in the lockers provided.

Once you're in the test room you aren't allowed to talk to or distract other candidates.

The computer screen will display your name and the type of test you're taking.

If you have any problems during the theory test, you should raise your hand to attract the attention of a member of staff.

Theory test candidate impersonation


Impersonators and people who use their services have been:

  • convicted in the criminal courts
  • given prison sentences

Beware of anyone offering to have someone impersonate you and take your driving or riding theory test for you.

Theory test candidate impersonators and people who accept their services are:

  • breaking the law
  • causing other road users to be put at risk


  • thoroughly investigates every case of suspected impersonation
  • works closely with police to identify offenders and take them to court

How to report impersonators

If someone offers to impersonate you at your test, please report it to DSA by:

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