You must have a provisional driving licence to book your theory test.
There are 2 parts to the test:
- multiple-choice questions
- hazard perception – a video test about spotting hazards on the road
You book and take them as a single test. You must pass both parts to pass the test.
You can take the theory test from your 17th birthday onwards.
You can take it from your 16th birthday if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
You usually need to take the theory test before you can get your full car driving licence.
You don’t need to take the car theory test if you:
- want to upgrade an automatic car licence to a manual one
- already have a category B1 driving licence (3 or 4-wheeled light vehicles)
If you have a moped or motorcycle licence
You must pass a car theory test before taking the car driving test.
You can use books and software to revise for the theory test and take practice tests.
The multiple-choice questions in the theory test are based on 3 books:
- The Highway Code
- Know your traffic signs
- Driving – the essential skills
Study these to learn the rules and skills you’ll be tested on.
You can buy them from most high street and online book shops.
Hazard perception test
To prepare for this test you can use the official guide to hazard perception.
You can buy the guide in these formats:
- online for your PC or Mac
- app for Apple phones and tablets
- app for Android phones and tablets
You can also buy it as an interactive DVD from most high street and online book shops.