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Please Note: All of the information below has been provided by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agnecy (DVLA) and was correct at the time of publishing.


25th June 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Restarting driver and rider instruction and tests.

The DVSA has announced that driver, rider and vocational trainers can resume in-car training from the 4th of July and have also produced a timetable for overall resumption of training and testing.

Theory tests will restart in England on Saturday the 4th of July. The tests will take place with social distancing measures in place to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

Car driving tests will restart in England on Wednesday the 22nd of July, which will give learner drivers time to have refresher lessons and practice before taking their test.

Driving lessons, theory tests and driving tests are still suspended in Scotland and Wales, in line with guidance from the devolved administrations.

Safety measures will be put in place to protect learners and examiners from COVID-19 and information on how to implement these measures will be published in due course.


15th June 2020 - COVID-19 Update: All theory tests rescheduled.

All theory tests in England, Scotland and Wales from the 22nd of June up to and including the 3rd of July have been rescheduled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The DVSA will update you with a start date for theory testing as soon as they are able to.

What the DVSA are doing:

The DVSA are emailing anyone with a theory test booked from the 22nd of June up to and including the 3rd of July to let them know it has been rescheduled.


12th June 2020 - COVID-19 Update: All theory tests in England rescheduled up to the 21st June.

All theory tests in England from the 15th - 21st of June have been rescheduled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The DVSA will update you with a start date for theory testing in England as soon as they are able to.

What the DVSA are doing:

The DVSA are emailing anyone with a test booked from 15th - 21st June inclusive to let them know it has been rescheduled.


5th June 2020 - COVID-19 Update: All theory tests in England rescheduled up to the 14th June.

All theory tests in England from the 8th - 14th of June have been rescheduled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The DVSA are preparing test centres for a safe return to testing for all candidates. Social distancing measures are being put in place.

The DVSA will update you with a start date for theory testing in England as soon as they are able to.


4th June 2020 - COVID-19 Update: DVLA grants 7 month photocard licence extension.

The extension applies to drivers with a photocard driving licence due to expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020.

Drivers with a photocard driving licence due to expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be granted a 7 month extension from the date of expiry the DVLA has announced today (4 June 2020). This will help drivers to make necessary journeys without having to obtain a new photograph to renew their licence.

Normally drivers are required to renew their photocard licence every 10 years, and bus and lorry drivers every 5 years. A new EU regulation has now been introduced which means photocards that expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be automatically extended for a further 7 months from the date of expiry.

Drivers will be sent a reminder to renew before their 7 month extension ends.


3rd June 2020 - COVID-19 Update: All theory tests in England from the 4th - 7th June rescheduled.

All theory tests in England from the 4th - 7th of June have been rescheduled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The DVSA are preparing test centres for a safe return to testing for all candidates. Social distancing measures are being put in place.

The DVSA will update you with a start date for theory testing in England as soon as they are able to.


29th May 2020 - COVID-19 Update: All theory tests on Monday the 1st of June rescheduled.

All theory tests on Monday the 1st of June have been rescheduled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Tests in Scotland and Wales will be rescheduled up to and including the 21st of June 2020, this is in line with government guidelines in the respective countries.

The DVSA are preparing test centres for a safe return to testing for all candidates. Social distancing measures are being put in place.

The DVSA will update you with a start date for England as soon as they are able to.


28th May 2020 - COVID-19 Update: Theory test centre locations for critical workers.

To help critical workers get an emergency theory test at a location that is more suitable to them, the DVSA will be opening an additional 25 theory test centres across the UK.

When applying for an emergency theory test online, candidates will be asked to select their 'preferred' test centre. Their theory test will then be booked at the nearest available centre if their preferred location is not available.

Critical workers will now be able to take a theory test at: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Colchester, Eastbourne, Edinburgh, Dudley, Glasgow, Guildford, Ilford, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Mile End A, Newcastle, Northampton, Nottingham, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Slough, Southwark.

The new locations have been chosen based on critical worker test demand.

Theory tests for anyone who is not a key worker have been cancelled up to and including the 30th of May 2020. The situation is under constant review, in line with government guidance.


6th May 2020 - Theory tests cancelled up to and including the 30 May 2020.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all theory tests have been cancelled up to and including 30 May 2020.

What the DVSA are doing:

The DVSA are emailing anyone with a test booked up to 30 May 2020 to let them know it has been cancelled and that they will be automatically refunded. It can take up to 10 working days for the refund to show back in the account it was paid from.

An emergency theory testing service will still be available to those who have a critical need to take a test, such as NHS and front line workers.

The DVSA will be monitoring the emerging situation and will let you know if they need to cancel any more tests.


30th April 2020 - Temporary changes to the car and vocational driving test.

From tomorrow (1st May 2020) the DVSA are making a temporary change to car and vocational emergency driving tests, to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

What will change:

Examiners will end emergency tests early if a candidates commits:

• a serious or dangerous fault

• a total of 16 driver faults

This is to help reduce the amount of time the candidate and the examiner spend in the vehicle, when the candidate has failed their test.

In these circumstances, the examiner will instruct the candidate to drive back to the test centre instead of continuing for the full time, before they tell the candidate they have failed.

Motorcycle module 2 tests will not be affected by this change.


29th April 2020 - Changes to the emergency theory and practical driving test application process.

From Friday 24th April, the DVSA launched a new service to help make it quicker and easier for key workers to apply for emergency theory tests and emergency practical tests.

Key workers will no longer need to email a request for an emergency test. Instead, key workers will need to submit an application on GOV.UK website.

Applicants will be asked to supply their ID at the start of the application, so the DVSA have all the information they need to confirm eligibility for an emergency test.

The DVSA will email those who meet the criteria with a new test date and time at their nearest available test centre. This will be based on the information provided when submitting an application.


28th April 2020 - DVLA have announced there are currently significant delays.

The DVLA have announced there are currently significant delays in processing licence applications and returning ID documents. They have asked to bear with them and to avoid contacting them for updates.


20th April 2020 - Theory tests cancelled until Friday the 8th of May 2020.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, from Monday 20th of April 2020, all theory tests have been cancelled until Friday the 8th of May 2020.

What the DVSA are doing:

The DVSA are emailing anyone with a theory test booked during this time to let them know their test has been cancelled and that they will be automatically refunded.

A theory testing service will still be available to those who have a critical need to take a test, such as NHS and front line workers.

Please do not call the DVSA customer service centre as they will not be able to help.

The DVSA will be monitoring the emerging situation and will let you know if they need to cancel any more tests.


24th March 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update.

Due to the announcement by the Prime Minister yesterday evening, MSM Driving School is now closed until further notice. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your continued support. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all in the near future. From all the team at MSM Driving School.


21st March 2020 - Coronavirus Could Be Being Spread At Petrol Pumps.

Warnings have been reportedly issued by medical staff for the public to wear gloves at petrol stations to protect themselves and others.

One such message tweeted by a Scottish journalist reads: "A senior nurse at the Queen Elizabeth believes the virus is spreading rapidly through people using petrol pumps".

She asks that if you need to fill your car up use gloves or a paper towel and then bin them. Please pass this on."

While no official advice has been issued by HSE or NHS England on it, the Irish Petroleum Industry Association released a statement.

It said: "We wanted to inform customers that pump handles are no more or less prone to the spread of infection than any other hard surface and to outline the significant steps we are taking to combat the spread of Covid-19 and keep our valued customers safe."

"We are following all advice from the HSE and relevant authorities and would ask our valued customers to do the same."

"Please wash or sanitise your hands before and after using fuel pumps and/or wear gloves."

“Wherever possible our members are providing hand sanitiser as well as gloves and paper towels for use at the fuel pumps and we respectfully ask all customers to use only what they need and to leave supplies for others.”


20th March 2020 - Driving tests suspended for up to 3 months

Driving tests suspended for up to 3 months. Driving tests for critical workers to continue and to be prioritised.

The DVSA are suspending driving tests for up to 3 months from Saturday 21 March 2020 as there is extended contact between candidates and examiners in vehicles. Motorcycle tests are also being suspended.

The DVSA have put in place plans to provide tests for people who provide essential services.

This includes:

• car driving tests

• motorcycle tests

• Approved Driving Instructor tests

• lorry, coach and bus driving tests

The DVSA will get in touch with everyone with a test booked during this time to let them know their test has been suspended and that they will automatically re-book them.

In addition all theory tests have been cancelled until Monday 20 April 2020 and refunds will be issued.


19th March 2020 - Theory tests cancelled for 4 weeks.

Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, from Friday 20th March 2020, all theory tests will be postponed until Monday 20th April 2020.

What the DVSA are doing:

The DVSA are emailing anyone with a theory test booked during this time to let them know their test has been cancelled and that they will be automatically refunded.

If you have a theory test booked, you should not rebook or rearrange your test at this time. Please do not call the DVSA customer service centre as they will not be able to help.

The DVSA will be monitoring the emerging situation and will let you know if they need to cancel any more tests.



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