Theory Test for Driving Licence (UK)

To get the Full Driving Licence, we first need to get the Provisional Driving Licence. Once we have the provisional licence, we need to pass the theory test first, followed by the driving test. So this will be the line of action.

  1. Get the provisional driving licence.
  2. Start studying for the theory test.
  3. Start taking driving lessons.
  4. Pass the theory test.
  5. Pass the driving test.

Once you pass the driving test, you will get the full driving licence.


Eligibility for Applying for the Theory Test


Theory Test Fee

  • £23


Structure of the Theory Test

The theory test has two sections:

  1. Multiple-choice Questions
    You have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions.
  2. Hazard Perception Test
    You will be shown  14 video clips. The clips feature every-day road scenes. Each clip contains one or two developing hazards. You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.


Studying for the Theory Test

You can download the Official DVSA Theory Test Kit app on your phone for £4.99 and practice using the app. The app alone is enough. You do not need to study any books.

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  • Download it for iOS from here.
  • Download it for Andoird from here.


Preparation Time

Depending on your basic understanding of driving, preparation for this test can take 10 to 20 hours.


Procedure for Applying for the Theory Test

You can book your test online using this link.


Pass Marks

You will get the result at the test centre after taking the theory test. You must pass both parts to pass the test.

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Useful Link


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I drive my car on the provisional licence?

When you have your provisional licence you can drive on all roads except for motorways.

You must be supervised when you’re learning to drive a car. This can be by a driving instructor or someone else who meets the rules, eg family or friends.

The car you learn in must display ‘L’ plates.

2. What is a developing hazard?

A developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.

Example: A car is parked at the side of the road and isn’t doing anything. It wouldn’t cause you to take action, so it’s not a developing hazard.

When you get closer, the car’s right-hand indicator starts to flash and it starts to move away. You’d need to slow down, so it’s now a developing hazard.

3. Can I use any other apps to study for the test?

The Official DVSA Theory Test Kit app is enough to study for the test. However, if you want, you can download other apps as well.

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3 thoughts on “Theory Test for Driving Licence (UK)

  1. A cheaper way to study for the exam is to get a free membership in the local library. This allows you to access the theory test pro website. The question Bank for the mcq is almost exactly what comes in the actual test. Plus the hazard perception too. Definitely worth looking into.
    Also, a lot of bookstores have theory books and cds for sale. Please check that this the latest version as the rules keep changing.
    Hope this helps.

  2. hi! i have a question regarding theory tedt preparation. u mentioned that DVSA app is sufficient and one doesn’t need to study any book.. does it apply for a person who needs to know everything from scratch and doesn’t have road sense at all?

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