Before you can start to learn to drive, you will need a provisional driving licence. You can apply for your provisional driving licence up to three months before your 17th birthday.

Your instructor will need to check your provisional licence (both the photocard and the paper part) on your first lesson and will carry out a short eyesight test, by asking you to read a number plate from approximately 20.5 meters.

To hold a full UK Driving licence you must pass both a theory and a practical driving test.


You may take your theory driving test from the age of 17 years, you have to pass this before you can book your practical driving test. To book a theory driving test online you will need a UK driving licence number and a debit/ credit card for payment. The theory driving test consists of two sections, both of which must be passed on the same occasion.


For this section you will use a touch screen computer which tests your knowledge of the Highway Code. A question and selection of answers will appear onscreen. You have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer. You can ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later.

“From the 3rd September 2007, you must answer correctly at least 43 out of 50 questions in 57 minutes”.


For this section you will be shown 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes, these test your ability to identify as quickly as possible developing hazards on the video clips.

In each clip there’ll be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. The hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button. You won’t be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you’ll only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.

“You must score at least 44 out of 75.”


On the day of your driving test, it is normal to have a short driving  lesson before the test, to get you driving comfortably and to settle any last minute nerves. Before the driving test begins the driving examiner will carry out a short eyesight test, by asking you to read a number plate from approximately 20.5 metres. They will then ask you some safety ‘show/tell’ questions, which are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use.
Some checks may involve the Candidate to open the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked, pupils will not be asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels. Your driving instructor will cover these with you in plenty of time before your test.Driving Test img_car_side
The test itself lasts between 38 – 40 minutes. The examiner will want you to drive safely and competently in various road and traffic conditions. You will be asked to perform one of three manoeuvres.
• A reverse parking exercise (either a parallel park behind a parked car, or a bay reverse)
• Turn in the road
• A left-hand reverse around a corner
• The examiner may also ask you to perform an emergency stop exercise.
This section of the driving test was introduced on the 4th October 2010.  For about 10 minutes you will be asked to drive without directions from your examiner.  You will be asked to pull over and from that point to drive independently by either following:
• Traffic signs(from now on follow the
signs to the town centre)
• A series of directions
• A combination of both
To help you to understand where you are going the driving examiner may show you a diagram like the one below
Remember – this section of the driving test is not designed to test your navigation skills or your memory but rather how you make your own decisions and your ability to drive safely without constant directions from someone else.
If you go off route or don’t remember the directions that is not a problem, the driving examiner will confirm the directions to you or will help you to go back on route, going off route does not constitute a fault.
If you approach a junction and signs are absent or obscured by an over hanging tree, the examiner will give you directions until you see the next sign.
During the driving test you are allowed to make up to 15 driving (minor) faults; you are not allowed to make a serious or a dangerous fault.
During your driving lessons, you will do one or more ‘mock tests’, to help you get used to driving under test conditions.
‘The Official Driving Test’ book, published by The Stationary Office, sets out the full syllabus and explains the test in more detail.
Online booking
You can book your theory and practical tests online here.
Recommended Test Centres if you are taking your driving lessons in Croydon, driving lessons in Bromley, driving lessons in Sutton or the surrounding areas.
Driving lessons in Croydon
Croydon Driving Test Centre
111 Canterbury Road
Driving lessons in Bromley, or driving lessons in Croydon
West Wickham (Kent) Driving Test Centre
56 Glebe Way
West Wickham
Driving lessons in Bromley
Sidcup Driving Test Centre
2 Crayside
5 Arches Business estate
Maidstone Road
DA14 5AG
Hither Green Driving Test Centre
Ennersdale Road
Hither Green
SE13 6JD
Driving lessons in Sutton
Sutton (Surrey) Driving Test Centre
Helena House
348 High Street