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Driving Tests: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL8583, tabled on 29 September 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the suspension of driving tests during the COVID-19 pandemic, what plans they have to extend the validity period of driving test theory certificates.

Answered on

1 October 2020

The two-year validity period of the theory test certificate is set in legislation and the Government has taken the decision not to lay further legislation to extend it. The primary reason is that the two-year validity is in place to ensure that a candidate’s theoretical knowledge remains current. Extending the validity would provide less reassurance that this is the case, particularly over a period when a candidate was also unlikely to be having driving lessons. It is important that road safety knowledge and hazard perception skills are up to date as learners prepare to take their practical test.