Beat the statistics
Statistics show only around half of the people sitting the test actually pass! (latest pass rates). Improve your chances with our highway code test study series.
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Test pass rates
Staying alert, avoiding distractions, mirrors, recognising blind spots.
Following distances, pelican crossings, headlights, responding to other road users.
Licences, MOT certificates, theory tests, SORN, fines, vehicle registration, insurance.
Joining and exiting, lane choice, overhead signals, Active Traffic Management.
Speed limits, junctions, parking, roundabouts, level crossings.
How old do you have to be to take the theory test?
You can take the theory test when you are 17 years of age.
How can I book my theory test?
You can book your test online with the DVSA directly. You will need to have with you your:
- UK driving licence number
- email address
- credit or debit card
What does the theory test involve?
There are 2 parts to the test:
You take them as a single test and you need to pass both of them to pass the test.
What do I need to study?
The questions that form the multiple-choice part of the theory test are based on these three books, which are available at lots of bookshops and online:
- The Highway Code
- Know your traffic signs
- Driving – the essential skills
So these are what you need to study to ensure you know all the rules and skills that will appear in the test. Our website also includes the official revision test questions (almost a thousand of them) so it’s a great place to start coming to grips with it all. When you’re ready, you can try a free mock theory test.
When can I take my driving test?
You can take your driving test once you’ve sat and passed your theory test.
How do I get my provisional driving licence?
You can easily apply for this online directly from the DVSA.
How much does it cost to get a driving licence?
View the latest fees relating to getting a driving licence.
How old do you have to be before you can begin learning to drive?
You can apply for a provisional driving licence from the age of 15 years and 9 months. And you can start driving a car when you’re 17.
Where can I find a driving school or driving instructor?
You can find driving instructors in your area that have been approved by the DVSA. Search for an instructor or driving school.
Do I have to use L plates?
Yes, you must display an L plate on the front and back of your vehicle in such a way that they can be easily seen. (Note: in Wales you can use a D plate instead.)
Make sure you use the correct one as there are penalties if you don’t get it right.