Driving Test

Driving Test Newcastle Upon Tyne


If you have passed the theory test you can now apply for your practical Driving Test Newcastle Upon Tyne. But first please consult your instructor to mutually arrange a date and time.

Are you at test standard?

If you can drive and control your car safely and smoothly, with full awareness of other road users and consideration for the road, weather and traffic conditions, and can competently perform all the slow manoeuvres. With only the bare instructions from your driving instructor then the answer is probably ‘yes’.

Your test vehicle

The car you use for the Driving Test Newcastle Upon Tyne must be fitted with the appropriate mirrors, headrests, L-plates, Tax, and the appropriate Insurance. The vehicle also needs to be in a clean and good working condition capable of normal performance for that type of vehicle. If you are learning with Experience Driving you will normally have the opportunity to take the test in your instructors car.

Documents to take with you:

1.Your new photo provisional driving licence.
2. Your theory test pass certificate.
3. An acceptable document* that includes your photograph and signature.
4. The new photo driving licence with counter part.

Presenting yourself for test

Arrive at the test centre in plenty of time and try to relax do not turn the examiner into some mystical monster. If you have trained with Experience Driving you will already be to a good standard so have confidence in yourself. All the examiner wants to see you do is drive without being a hazard to any other road user.


After a brief introduction the examiner will ask you if you would like your instructor to accompany you on the driving test, they will then ask you to read a number plate from a distance. The examiner will then do a spot check around the vehicle and then may ask a ‘tell me’ question, the show me question will be asked whilst you are driving during the test. The examiner will then get into the front passenger’s seat and explain briefly to you how the test works.

Driving Test Report

You’ll be asked to start the car and move away, and you’re off!

  • You have about 35-40 minutes in the car; that time includes an independent section of driving either using a Sat Nav or being directed by the examiner that will last approximately 20 minutes, one of the four possible slow manoeuvres, (i) pull up on the right hand side of the road reasonably close and parallel to the kerb and then to reverse back approximately two car lengths before driving off and re-joining the traffic flow, (ii) reverse parallel parking behind a car, (iii) reverse bay parking, (iv) drive into a parking bay and safely reverse out, you may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
  • During the test it is also likely that you will be asked to demonstrate a hill-start and an angled start. The rest of the time is taken up with general driving on the chosen test route.
  • You will be expected to deal competently and safely with every situation that you find, but some minor driving faults are permitted. These are errors that do not in themselves create an actual or potential danger to other road users. They are recorded on the examiner’s test form, and if you make 15 or more driving faults you will not pass the test. You will not pass the driving test if you make a serious or dangerous driving fault.

This may sound an awful lot to do but if you have been trained to a good standard most of the above will be second nature.

At the end of the test

When you have switched the engine off the examiner will tell you whether you have passed or failed. If you’ve passed, your driving licence will be needed for the examiner to fill in the pass certificate. You need to send this to DVLA with your provisional licence, and you will receive your full licence in a few days. You can drive on your own in the meantime providing you keep a record of your ‘Driver Number’.

Booking your Practical Test

Call the Driving Standards Agency on 0300 200 1122, or book online. The current fee is £62.00.