Theory and Hazard – Who needs to take it?

All learner drivers, during the course of their lessons, must take and pass their theory test before a practical driving test booking can be made. If you already have a driving licence you might not have to take another theory test if you want to start driving a different vehicle.

UK Licence Holders

You need to take a theory test if you want a licence for a new category of vehicle. For example, if you have a car licence and you want a motorcycle licence. If you want to upgrade within a vehicle category you will not normally need to take a theory test. For example, if you have a full automatic car licence and you want a manual car licence.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct licence for the vehicle you are driving. If you are unsure about whether you need to take a theory test, contact the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) or the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

European Community Licence Holders

If you hold a valid European Community Licence you may be able to drive in the UK.

For more information, click here.

EEA countries are as follows:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Outside Europe

If you hold a full driving licence issued outside the EEA you may be able to drive for up to 12 months from the date you entered the UK.

For more information click here.