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Driving test requirements

Not sure what you will have to do when you take a driving test? Read on to find out:


You will usually be driving for around 35 to 40 minutes when you take the driving test; the total time slot is 57 minutes.

Before you drive:

  • The examiner will meet and greet you
  • You will be asked if you want your instructor to sit in the back of the car
  • There may be a second examiner sitting in the back to check your examiner
  • The examiner will check your driving licence
  • You have to sign an insurance and residency declaration
  • Eyesight test – read a number plate at least 20.5 metres away
  • You will have to answer one “Show me, tell me” question

During the test:

  • You will drive in a variety of road and traffic conditions
  • There will be around twenty minutes of independent driving using a satnav or following signs
  • The emergency stop is carried out at random on one test in three
  • One of the following reversing exercises will be done:
    • Park on the right and reverse two car lengths
    • Parallel park
    • Reverse into a bay
    • Drive into a bay and reverse out
  • Park in a safe place at least twice
  • Move off on a hill at least once
  • Move off at an angle at least once (from behind a parked car)
  • Answer a “Show me” question on the move

Read an explanation of how your driving test is marked.