Using your own car for your driving test

You can take your driving test in your own car rather than your driving instructor’s. It must meet some basic rules and standards, as well as some things fitted.

Your test will be cancelled and you’ll have to pay again if your car does not meet the rules. Take a look below to see what is required…

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 can’t have a space-saver spare tyre fitted
  • be smoke-free – this means you can’t 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.)

 

Things you car must have fitted to your car:

  • 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)

 

Dash-cams 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

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.

Vehicle features

You can use a car with:

  • an electronic parking brake
  • hill-start assist

 

There are other driving aids like reversing cameras that can be fitted. Just ask your Approved Driving Instructor or:

 

DVSA driving test enquiries
customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

 

Special Note: Cars you can’t use

Some cars can’t be used in the test because they don’t give the examiner all-round vision.

You cannot use any of the following:

  • BMW Mini convertible
  • Ford KA convertible
  • Toyota iQ
  • VW Beetle convertible

Check with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) before you book your test if you want to use a:

  • convertible car
  • panel van

Take a look at the website below for cars that have recall notices and what you need to bring with you on test.

From (https://www.gov.uk/driving-test/using-your-own-car (2018))

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