The DVSA have shared an update for critical workers on how they can apply for tests, whilst the Theory Test & Practical Test centres are closed.

Book an emergency test if you’re a critical worker

You can still get an emergency test during the suspension period if your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in a critical sector. These include:

  • 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

Book an emergency theory test

Email DVSA to ask for an emergency theory test.

You must send a photo or scanned image of valid ID such as your work ID badge.

If you do not have an ID badge you can send:

  • an email from a work email address
  • evidence from your employer, such as email or scanned document including company letterhead
  • a scan of your payslip

This is not an exhaustive list and evidence will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

You also need to tell us:

  • your telephone number and preferred contact time
  • which test centre you want to take your test at (currently only Birmingham, London, Glasgow and Ballymena)
  • the type of theory test you would like to take (car, car and trailer, motorcycle, lorry, bus or coach)
  • your driving licence number

If you meet the critical worker criteria, DVSA will contact you to explain what happens next.

Emergency theory tests
critical.worker.theory.test@dvsa.gov.uk

Book an emergency driving test

Email DVSA to ask for an emergency driving test.

You must send a photo or a scanned image of a valid ID such as your work ID badge.

If you do not have an ID badge you can send:

  • an email from a work email address
  • evidence from your employer, such as an email or scanned document including company letterhead
  • a scan of your payslip

This is not an exhaustive list and evidence will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

You also need to tell us:

  • your telephone number
  • your preferred test location
  • the type of driving test you would like to take (car, car and trailer, motorcycle, lorry, bus or coach)
  • your driving licence number
  • the driving test reference number (if you have one)
  • your theory test certificate number

If you meet the critical worker criteria, DVSA will contact you with a test date.

This may take a while, please do not send another request.

Emergency driving tests