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You can use your own vehicle for the driving test. Almost any vehicle is suitable and there are a few things you need to ensure you have in place if you want to do this. Driving instructors are now monitored in regards to the standards of students they bring to the test centre. We have a clear obligation to ensure that someone sitting the driving test is ready to pass. Driving tests are also very hard to find at the moment and this brings with it a conflict of interests over availability. You may also feel more comfortable in your own vehicle.

Using your own car for your test

You can take your driving test in your own car rather than your driving instructor’s if it meets certain rules. Your test will be cancelled and you’ll have to pay again if your car does not meet the rules. Rules about the car Your car must:

  • be taxed

  • be insured for a driving test (check with your insurance company)

  • be roadworthy and have a current MOT (if it’s over 3 years old)

  • have no warning lights showing, for example, the airbag warning light

  • have no tyre damage and the legal tread depth on each tyre - you cannot have a space-saver spare tyre fitted

  • be smoke-free - this means you cannot smoke in it just before or during the test

  • be able to reach at least 62mph and have an mph speedometer

  • have 4 wheels and a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of no more than 3,500 kg

The MAM is the limit on how much the car can weigh when it’s loaded. It’ll be in the car’s handbook.

Cleaning your car

You should tidy your car before your test. This includes removing any rubbish or unnecessary items from the dashboard, footwells, door pockets, cup holders and seats. Things that must be fitted The car must have:

  • an extra interior rear-view mirror for the examiner

  • L-plates (‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales) on the front and rear

  • a passenger seatbelt for the examiner and a proper passenger head restraint (not a slip-on type)

Dashcams and other cameras

You can use a camera fitted for insurance purposes, as long as it:

  • faces outside of the car and does not film the inside

  • does not record audio from inside the car

Vehicle features

You can use a car with:

  • an electronic parking brake

  • hill-start assist

Manual and automatic cars

You can take the test in a:

  • manual car - these have 3 pedals

  • automatic or semi-automatic car - these have 2 pedals

If you take your test in a semi-automatic car you’ll only be able to drive automatic and semi-automatic cars once you’ve passed your test.

Hire cars

You can take your test in a hire car if it’s fitted with dual controls and meets all the other rules.

Cars you cannot use

Some cars cannot be used in the test because they do not give the examiner all-round vision. You cannot use any of the following:

  • BMW Mini convertible

  • Ford KA convertible

  • Smart Fortwo (2-door)

  • Toyota iQ

  • VW Beetle convertible

There might be other cars that you cannot use. This is because not every model has been used in a test before, and some may not give the examiner all-round vision.

Check if your car can be used before booking a test

You can check if your car can be used by contacting the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Always check if you want to use a:

  • convertible car

  • panel van

  • coupe (a car with a fixed roof, two doors and a sloping rear)

DVSA driving test enquiries Telephone: 0300 200 1122 Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm


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