DVSA Update: Driver testing services in Scotland – face covering restrictions

Driver testing services in Scotland – face covering restrictions

In line with the Scottish Government’s announcement to keep face coverings a legal requirement on public transport and in some indoor settings from Monday 21 March, DVSA is keeping the current COVID-19 driving and theory test restrictions in place in Scotland for now.

These restrictions will continue in Scotland:

  • face coverings on driving and theory tests, and professional driving lessons
  • driving instructors and accompanying drivers cannot sit in on driving tests in Scotland in line with Scottish Government guidance on car sharing
  • candidates self-isolating due to testing positive for COVID-19 must not attend their theory and practical tests

You need to make your pupils aware of this information, especially if you have made their practical test booking for them.

The Scottish Government will review this on 29 March 2022.

The current driving test safety measures in Wales remain in place and we will let you know of any changes.

COVID-19 restrictions affecting driving and theory tests in England ended on 1 March.

Face coverings

Candidates must continue to tell us if they are exempt from wearing a face covering when they book a test

Your pupil’s test will not take place without a face covering if they do not tell us they are exempt ahead of their test.

Clean vehicles

We will no longer be cancelling driving tests if the inside of a vehicle is not clean.

However, we continue to encourage you to clean and tidy the inside of your vehicle when presenting it for a driving test in line with good hygiene.

It will be optional for examiners to wipe down surfaces in test vehicles or ventilate these vehicles during tests.

Pupils testing positive for COVID-19

Candidates testing positive for COVID-19 up to 5 days before their practical or theory test must not attend their test in Scotland to reduce the spread of the virus.

You or your pupil should email us at customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk with the subject title ‘COVID-19 short notice cancellation’ to rearrange their driving test.

You or your pupil will need to include the following information in the email:

  • their driving licence number
  • their driving test booking reference number

We will then contact you or your pupil to help rearrange the test. Your pupil will not have to pay again.

Taking rapid lateral flow tests

Until 1 May, we encourage your pupils to take a rapid lateral flow test before their driving test if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. We are asking that they do this on the day of their driving test, before they leave home.

Find out more about taking a rapid lateral flow test before taking a driving test.


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