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Currently under government guidelines you must wear a face mask or covering when you sit your driving test. There are certain rules regarding those who are exempt which are as follows: If you cannot wear a face covering

When booking, you must say if you cannot wear a face covering during your driving test. You must also give a good reason for this.

Your test will be cancelled if you come for your test without a face covering and you did not say that you could not wear one when you booked it.

If you cannot wear a face covering you may not be able to take your test at the test centre of your choice.

How to say you cannot wear a face covering

When you’re asked if you have any special requirements, select ‘Special learning or educational needs’, even if you cannot wear a face covering for a physical reason. Say that you cannot wear a face covering and give your reason there.

What counts as a good reason

Good reasons are things like:

  • having a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability

  • wearing it would cause you severe distress

Wearing glasses does not count as a good reason.

Do I need to wear a Mask or Face Covering on my driving lessons? The decision is with your driving instructor and the guidelines they have set out following their own risk assessment. As lockdown eases I can see more driving instructors choosing not to wear a mask during driving lessons. When will the rule change regarding wearing a mask on your driving test? I would expect the rules to change on or around the 21st June 2021 or in line with the current government roadmap. Until then its masks on for driving tests and follow the guidance from your instructor during lessons.


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