In order to obtain a full driving licence you need to pass both theory & hazard perception, you can then book your practical driving test.. On passing you practical test you should consider the PASS PLUS, as this will help with cheaper insurance and also motorway driving experience, the PASS PLUS is a short course of at least 6 hours set out by the DVSA, The PASS PLUS is designed to help new drivers gain experience of motorway driving and other situation.

Theory Test

This consists of 50 multiple choice questions at a touch screen computer. 60 minutes are allowed to complete the test. You will need to answer 43 questions correctly in order to pass. Having completed the theory test you will now move onto the Hazard Perception test.

Hazard Perception Test (HPT)

The HPT compiles 14 video clips containing 15 developing hazards. A hazard is anything causing you as the driver to change your speed or direction. Video clips are now of computer generated images (CGI), which feature road scenes and developing hazards. Currently the pass rate is 44/75 for car drivers .You must pass the both the Theory and the HPT at the same time in order to gain your Theory Test Certificate. The DVSA website contains mock Theory Test questions and further information on both tests.

Practical Driving Test

The Practical Driving Test will last for approximately 35-40 minutes on a designated test route. You will be expected to show the examiner you can drive safely, with consideration for other road users and also perform one reverse manoeuver along with at least 10 minutes of independent driving. At the end of the test the examiner will inform you whether you have passed or failed. The Practical Test pass rate nationally is 42%. This is so low because candidates are not properly prepared.

Step 1 – Getting Start

Firstly, you will need to apply for the provisional driving licence. Provisional Driving Licence is normally issued by the DVLA at the age of 15 years and 9 months but you can start driving at 17 years of age.

In addition, you must:

  • complete D1 application form available online from the DVLA or Post Office
  • enclose original documentation as at the time of application that confirms your identity e.g. a passport style colour photograph, and the fee of £50.00. Send your completed application and payment to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AD.

If you are currently taking driving lessons on an International Driving Licence and need to pass your driving test as soon as possible call us anytime to arrange your assessment lesson. Here you can find out all you need to know about learning to drive with confidence and awareness.



If you are a driver from overseas and may need to take a UK Driving Test, click on the link below to find out if you can exchange your licence.


Book the theory test?

To book for the theory test, you must have your drivers licence and make payment directly on-line to the DVSA. You must have YOUR PHOTO CARD LICENCE WITH YOU. You will not be allowed to participate or take the theory test if the licence is not correct or incomplete. The cost of the theory test is £25.00. The cost of first provisional licence is currently £34.00.


There are many helpful text and video materials available on-line that can help you pass your theory test. Most of the resources online are free and the good thing is that you can replay the videos over and over again to reinforce your learning until you become very conversant with each skill. These are a few recommended ones for you to use.

  • It is useful to buy or have the popular DVLA Highway Code. Also look out for Apps for phones, which you can download free to your mobile phone.
  • You must purchase or get a copy of the Official DVLA CD-ROM “Driving Test Success All Tests” Hazard Perception And Theory”. It is designed to run on Windows/Mac. Ensure that you buy the correct disc compatible with your computer.
  • There is also an online mock Theory Test and Hazard Perception Test.
  • Tons of free resources are available on YouTube, but please stay focused with Smith Learner Drivers advice and driving instructions.

If you need to book your practical driving test, bear in mind you must have passed your theory test first.
To book your practical driving test, you must have as follows:

  • Theory Certificate Number,
  • Drivers Licence and
  • Method for payment.

The cost is currently £62:00 week day and £75.00 weekday evening 4:30pm onwards inclusive weekend and bank holiday.


Show Me, Tell Me…

Just before you begin your driving test you will be asked 2 questions, one is a “show me” which you will demonstrate and one is a “tell me” which you will just explain.