Practical test: preparation and booking

The practical test shows that your driving skills have reached a level where you can drive consistently well, with confidence and without help or guidance. It’ll also show that you meet the Driving Standards Agency National Driving Standard for lorry drivers (category C vehicles).

It’s important that you prepare for your test with the help of an LGV instructor. You can find your nearest training course from the Driving Standards Agency’s voluntary register of LGV instructors on GOV.UK.

There’s no point in booking the practical test until your instructor says you’re ready: you’re likely to waste your time and money if you take it too soon.

You’ll need to take your practical test within two years of passing your theory test – otherwise your theory test pass certificate will expire.

The practical driving test costs £115: for full details of the practical test costs, visit GOV.UK.

If you want to become a professional driver, the practical test will form Module 3 of your initial Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC).

Booking your practical test

It’s best to book your test using the official site, GOV.UK. If you use an unofficial site, you might pay more than you need to or you may not get a booking at all.

Alternatively, your trainer may book your test so it’s at the end of your training course.

You can find your nearest test centre at GOV.UK.

You can also use GOV.UK if you need to change the test date or centre or cancel your test.

If you have special needs, such as a disability, visit GOV.UK to find out what help is available for the practical test.


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