Limited driving tests for critical workers

The DVSA has restarted its driving test service in England and Wales, but only for critical workers.

Until now, theory and practical tests had been suspended for all drivers since the beginning of the winter lockdown.

Who can get a driving test?

The new service is only for learners who need to drive as part of their job and respond to life-threatening situations.

Critical workers include:

Tests will be handled through these specific agencies, so there isn’t a public booking system back up yet. If you think you qualify for the new system, ask your employer for guidance.

In the meantime, the government has confirmed that you can practise driving during lockdown, as long as it’s an essential journey.

“You can only practise driving with members of your household or support bubble. It must be travel for work, education or other essential journeys.”