FAQ: When can I book my Theory and Practical tests ??
You need to have your provisional licence and also be seventeen years old, before you take your theory test. But you can book your test up to three months before your seventeenth birthday, and take immediately afterwards. Practically, you need to carefully select a suitable time so that your study is complete and you are confident with all the subject matter the test will cover. For the theory test questions you need to score at least 43 of the 50 questions there is to answer, and score at least 44 out of 75 for the hazard perception element. After an unsuccessful theory test, you can book another test straight away, but there needs to be three working days between the two dates. (If you have a full licence for another category of vehicle, you may not have to take another theory test. Check with DVLA if you are unsure.)
This can only be booked once you have passed the theory test (the certificate is valid for two years). The test date chosen will need to give you enough time to prepare your driving skills and enable plenty of opportunity to build up confidence and experience on the roads. After an unsuccessful driving test, you can book another test straight away, but there needs to be ten working days between the two dates.