Coronavirus (COVID-19): Driving Tests for Key Workers

With the government advising most of the population to practise social distancing, the DVSA have taken the decision to suspend theory and practical tests. However, an exception exists to this rule. If you are a key worker, you may be eligible to take an emergency test. In this article, we will explain who may qualify, and how to book these tests.

Who counts as a key worker?

The government has identified those whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or who work in critical sectors for the economy, as key workers. We have listed these sectors below, together with examples of jobs identified as critical.

  • Health and social care
    Key workers include: doctors, nurses and other frontline staff (including volunteers); support and specialist staff; those working in the health and social care supply chain
  • Education and childcare
    Key workers include: childcare, support and teaching staff; specialist educational professionals
  • Key public services
    Key workers include: essential workers in the justice system; religious staff; charities and workers delivering frontline services; journalists and public service broadcasters
  • Local and national government
    Key workers include: administrative occupations essential to the COVID-19 response; those delivering essential public services
  • Food and other necessary goods
    Key workers include: those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery; those essential to the provision of other key goods
  • Public safety and national security
    Key workers include: police and support staff; MoD civilians, contractors and armed forces personnel; fire and rescue service employees
  • Transport
    Key workers include: workers in air, water, road and rail passenger transport; workers in freight transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services
    Key workers include: staff needed for essential financial services; workers in the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors; IT and data infrastructure

For full details on who counts as a key worker, visit GOV.UK.

What are the rules regarding driving tests for key workers?

Theory tests are currently postponed until Monday, 20th April, and practical tests are postponed for up to three months. For the latest information, visit our article on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key workers may be eligible to take theory or driving tests, even when they are suspended for the general public. These are known as emergency tests.

Emergency tests are not available to everyone. The DVSA must class you as a key worker in order for you to qualify for one of these tests. To qualify for an emergency driving test, you will need to send the DVSA:

  • a scanned image of a valid ID, such as your work ID badge
  • other documents that prove you work in a key sector, such as:
    • an email from your work email address
    • evidence from your employer
    • a scan of your payslip

You’ll also need to let the DVSA know:

  • your phone number
  • your preferred test centre
  • the type of test you would like to take (e.g., a car driving test)
  • your driving licence number
  • the reference number for your existing driving test, if you have one
  • your theory test certificate number

If you are applying for an emergency theory test, the DVSA will inform you what to send over when you email them.

It will not be possible to book emergency theory or practical tests using the normal online system. Instead, you must apply via email. The addresses to contact are:

Emergency theory tests

Emergency practical tests

Does PassMeFast offer courses and tests for key workers?

PassMeFast will continue to offer driving courses for key workers, and can help to arrange emergency theory and practical tests for you.

If you’re interested in booking any of our driving courses, simply get in touch with us by phone on 0333 123 4949. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and help you choose the best option for you.

By Andy Boardman

Andy fell in love with driving while road tripping around Iceland. He'll provide you with plenty of useful motoring advice, helping you to get the most out of every trip. When he's not writing here, you're most likely to find Andy on the way to his next destination.

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