The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) now handles the responsibilities originally managed by the Driving Standards Agency and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency. The main aim of the DVSA is to establish and maintain standards for drivers and vehicles throughout the UK, overseeing driving test and MOT schemes. Established in April 2014, the DVSA has the Department for Transport as a parent organisation and is closely affiliated with the DVLA, VCA and the Highways Agency.
The DVSA is the place to go when booking a driving test (theory or practical), arranging a vehicle identity check (VIC), if you are in need of MOT information or applying for CPC certification – for a convenient guide to any of these aspects click onto their official website here.
The DVSA has the answers to a multitude of commonly asked questions such as:
- How much will my driving theory test cost?
- What documents will I need when taking my practical driving test?
- Where is my closest driving test centre?
- How can I obtain a replacement MOT certificate?
DVSA General Enquiries
You will find the answers to all the above questions and more at www.gov.uk – alternatively you could call the DVSA customer services team via the number provided, their helplines are available from 7.30am until 6pm on a Monday to Friday.
Postal enquiries can be sent to:
PO Box 280
Practical Test Information
Requesting information regarding your practical test can be done via any of the channels stated above. Please note that you will need some relevant documentation at hand prior to making your enquiry, this includes your,
- Driving Licence Number
- Theory Test Certificate Number
- Practical Test Booking Number
Lost your test certificate letter? A replacement letter (featuring your test certificate number) can be obtained, however you will need your driving licence number before making your request. This can be done here.
Booking or Changing the Date of your Driving Test
Unfortunately there are times when theory and practical driving test dates & times need to be altered. Thankfully this is possible, simply by calling the DVSA booking support line. You can speak to a dedicated member of the DVSA Booking Team from 8am until 12midday on a Monday to Friday, alternatively why not email via firstname.lastname@example.org? Please note that test appointments can only be changed up to 6 times after the original booking is made otherwise a new date & time will need to be arranged. More information about this is detailed here.
MOT information from the DVSA
Lost or damaged MOT certificate? If you need to replace your original MOT document they can typically be requested via an MOT testing station. Required information includes the original MOT certificate number or your V5C reference number – full vehicle registration will also need to be given. The cost of a replacement MOT certificate is usually no more than £10 or half the amount of the full MOT fee – please note, costs do vary for heavy goods and public service vehicles.
Arranging a ‘Vehicle Identity Check’ (VIC)
The DVSA is the place to contact when arranging a ‘Vehicle Identity Check’ otherwise known as a VIC.
VIC screening is operated on an appointment system, which can be a easily arranged online here.
A ‘Vehicle Identity Check’ does incur a cost which can be paid by either debit or credit card – please note that payments must be made via the account holder or an official account delegate. Once payment is complete you will be send appointment confirmation via email.
Cost of a VIC
Vehicle Identity Check = £41.00 (normal fee) or £50 (out of hours fee)
Appeals = £41.00 (normal fee) or £50 (out of hours fee)
Normal Hours = from 8am until 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 8am until 4.30pm on a Thursday. If you would like to arrange an out of hours appointment please contact the DVSA directly.
This information was correct as of February 2015 – the latest information can be found on the official VIC site here.