There are two main ways you can find a cancelled driving test. The first is to regularly check the DVSA’s website for any cancelled tests, the second is to sign up to our driving test cancellation service that will automatically check and book a short notice driving test on your behalf
You must have a driving test already booked before you can look for an early driving test date. Once you have a test booked, you’ll need to log in to the DVSA’s driving test rescheduling portal to look for an earlier test date. To log into the portal, you’ll need your driving license number and either your driving test reference number or your theory test certificate number.
Your driving license number is over 10 characters and made up of a sequence of letters and numbers. It can be found under the date the license was issued. Your driving test number will be on the confirmation email you received from the DVSA when you initially booked your driving test.
Once you have accepted a test slot and the driving test cancellation service you are using has confirmed the time and date of your test, it’s important to check the DVSA’s website to ensure that everything is in order. The DVSA has a free service you can use to check the details of your driving test. Again you’ll need your driving license number and either your theory test certificate number or driving test reference number to gain access to the portal
One of the main reasons learner drivers seek out short notice driving tests is because their theory test is about to expire. You must pass and hold a valid theory test certificate before you’re allowed to book a driving test and your theory test is valid for two years, from the date at which you passed. If you’ve had a number of driving lessons and you are confident behind the wheel, bringing your driving test forward to ensure you take it before your theory test expires could save you time and money in the long run.
If your driving instructor thinks you are ready to pass your driving test, a short notice test can help you get on the road quickly. The average waiting time for a driving test is 6 weeks and if you’d prefer not to wait for this long for a test, a cancellation checker could prove to be a useful service.
Before booking an early test it’s important to ensure you have an honest and frank conversation with your driving instructor about your current driving ability and your chances of getting your license. If your driving instructor doesn’t think you have a good chance of passing the test and you go ahead and book one anyway, there’s a good chance you’ll end up failing your test.
Many learner drivers who have just failed their driving test, often feel confident enough to take another one right away. If you’ve just failed and your instructor feels you can easily correct the error(s) that prevented you from passing, look for a test cancellation spot and arrange a new test date as soon as possible.
A service that checks for test cancellations becomes especially important when you require your driver’s license by a certain date. Common deadlines many learner drivers face include the start of a new job, travelling or going back to study for an extended period of time. In these scenarios, bringing your test date forward could prove to be the only viable solution.
Last-minute driving tests are by their nature somewhat unpredictable. Booking, taking and passing a short notice test, can be a challenge and there are a number of ways in which learner drivers can get caught out during the process. To ensure you are as prepared as can be, we’ve highlighted some of the key considerations and issues to be aware of when thinking about taking an early test
One of the first things you need to consider before booking a cancellation driving test is your driving instructor’s availability. If you book a test at a time your instructor is unable to attend, you will have to find another instructor or a suitable vehicle to take your test in.
Having to source an alternative instructor or vehicle for your test can be challenging especially at short notice. To avoid this situation, always ask your driving instructor if they will be available at the proposed time and location, before booking or accepting a short notice test.
Although we always recommend asking your instructor first before booking or accepting a test earlier test slot, you could end up missing out on the slot if your instructor is unable to respond right away.
Your choice of test centre and the amount of time you spend practising at it, has a direct impact on your chances of passing on the day. If you’re unable to get a short notice test at the test centre you are familiar with, you may have to take your driving test at a location you have limited knowledge of.
If you accept a test date at a centre you’re unfamiliar with, we’d recommend you set aside at least a couple of hours with your driving instructor before your test, to familiarise yourself with the local area. If time permits, ask your driving instructor to take you on a few of the possible routes you might encounter, as just a couple of hours practice could make the difference between passing and failing.
It’s also worth making sure that your driving instructor covers the test centre you intend to take your test at. Most instructors only cover a handful of test centres, so bear this in mind when booking.
If you bring your driving test forward and the driving instructor you’ve been learning to drive with is unavailable at the time of your rescheduled test, you’ll need to find a replacement instructor or hire a suitable vehicle to take your test with.
Finding a driving instructor at short notice is one of the most challenging aspects of booking an early driving test. If you know you’ll need to do so, it’s important to leave enough time to complete the search process. It’s likely you’ll have to make several enquiries before you’re able to find an available instructor that covers the area you’ll be taking your test at.
If you do need to find a driving instructor at short notice, you may have to pay a premium to secure their services. Instructors often charge a premium for short notice tests as they may have to cancel existing lessons to accommodate you. Be prepared to pay up to £130 for the cost of hiring the vehicle and a couple of hours practice beforehand.
Our software works by automatically checking the DVSA’s driving test booking website multiple times a day, for recently cancelled driving test appointments. When a test slot matching your criteria is found, you’ll automatically be sent a text message with the details and the option of the confirming the appointment.
You will be notified by text message when a driving test appointment matching your criteria becomes available. If you are happy with the time, date and location and wish to accept the appointment, simply reply to the message with the word yes. Once you have confirmed your attendance you will receive an email from the DVSA confirming the details of your driving test.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a DVSA driving test cancellation list that you can sign up or add your name to. It’s a question many learner drivers ask, however, the only way to find an earlier driving test is to search for a short notice test yourself or use one of the driving test cancellation services we’ve reviewed on this page.
The best time of day to find a driving test cancellation is between 9 and 11am in the morning. You are more likely to find a vacant spot at this time of the day as learner drivers who intend on cancelling or rescheduling their driving test often to do so at the start of the day.
Driving Test Cancellations by Year
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