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Learning to Drive or Ride

Before learning to drive or ride you must acquire a provisional licence.

Learning to Drive

Having the independence of driving and owning your own car is a huge step for most people. It can give you the freedom to go where you want, when you want. In order to drive your own car you'll first have to complete the theory test and practical driving test.

Theory Test

Theory tests can be booked online via the Gov.uk website and the instructions are very easy to follow. You will need your provisional driving licence number and an email address to which you wish to receive your booking confirmation - you are unable to book online without an email address or without a debit or credit card to make payment. The current fee for a car theory test is £25.

If you are unsuccessful in your theory test then you have to wait at least three working days before taking the test again. If for any reason you need to change the date of your theory test the option is available online or by phone. If you would like to book by phone, have any issue booking your theory test online or have special requirements, you should call 0300 2001188.

Practical Car Driving Test

Practical car driving tests can be booked online via the Gov.uk website. Before you book the test online you must have passed your theory test which is explained above. You will need your driving licence and a debit or credit card to make payment. It is also helpful to have your driving instructors personal reference number then it is easier to check availability.

When you attend your test you must remember to take your theory pass certificate and both parts of your driving licence. If you still have the old style paper licence then a valid passport will be needed. If you have opted to use your own vehicle to take your test you must make sure it meets all the criteria required that is stated on the Gov.uk website.

If you are an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) booking on behalf of a learner there is also the option of booking using the DVSA fast track phone service.

The practical car test normally costs £62, there are different rates depending on the vehicle. You will have to pay the full amount again if you don't pass your test and want to retake it.

To book your test visit: https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test

Learning to Ride

Riding a motorcycle or moped is more than just a two-wheeled method of transport. Many riders enjoy the thrill that can fuel adrenaline bursts on a weekend. Others prefer to weave through traffic on their commute to work in the week. Whatever your reason, you'll first need to complete compulsory basic training, a theory test and motorcycle practical riding test.

Compulsory Basic Training

The majority of learner motorcycle and moped riders must take Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). Once this has been completed you will then have to pass your theory test and your full motorcycle test within 2 years, or have to complete the CBT again.

Theory Test

The process for booking your theory test when learning to ride is the same as when learning to drive. The price of the motorcycle theory test is £25.

Motorcycle Practical Riding Test

You can book your motorcycle practical riding test online via the Gov.uk website. Before you book your test you must have completed the CBT and theory test. You will need your driving licence and debit or credit card to hand to make payment.

When attending the motorcycle test you should bring your theory test pass certificate and CBT certificate. The test consists of 2 separate modules; off-road module (module 1) and on-road module (module 2), you can complete both on the same day but you must complete module 1 first.

The motorcycle practical riding test has set fees for weekdays and weekday evenings, weekends & bank holidays. Module 1 (off-road) costs £15.50 for no matter the date or time. Module 2 (on-road) costs £75 on weekdays and £88.50 for weekday evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

To book your test visit: https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test