The Practical Driving Test

The practical test is approximately 40 minutes in length.

At the start of your driving test, the examiner will enter the waiting room and call your name. You will then be asked to show both parts of your driving licence (Photo Card and Paper Counterpart), your Theory Test pass certificate, also your vehicles log book. If applicable, you must show your MoT certificate for your vehicle. Not to worry, any documents concerning your test vehicle, your AMC instructor will have these ready for inspection.

The examiner will ask you to sign a form that is basically asking you to confirm your vehicle in properly insured for test purposes.

Your examiner will ask if you would like your instructor (supervising driver) to accompany you on your test. We strongly advise that you accept this offer as it could be beneficial to both you and your instructor.

You will then be asked to lead the way out to your car.

Once outside your examiner will ask you to read a clean number plate on a stationary vehicle at the statutory distance of 20.5 metres (67 feet). You will also be asked two questions on basic car / engine maintenance ('Show Me - Tell Me')

Whilst on your driving test you will be assessed on:

  • Control
  • Precautions
  • Moving away
  • Use of mirrors
  • Signalling
  • Use of speed
  • Response to road signs and signals
  • Maintaining progress
  • Junctions
  • Judgement
  • Positioning
  • Clearance to obstructions
  • Awareness and planning
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Ancillary controls
  • You will also be required to complete one of the following manoeuvres. This is due to the introduction of the independent driving section of the practical driving test from 27th June 2011.

  • Turn in the road
  • Reverse round a corner
  • Reverse exercise - parallel park or reverse into a bay

  • The emergency stop is conducted in all practical driving tests in Northern Ireland.

    To achieve a pass you must not accumulate more than 15 driver faults. One serious or dangerous fault could result in failure of the test.

    Automatic Driving Licence Issue (ADL)

    Information on the introduction of a new process whereby a provisional licence holder, upon passing their driving test may have their full driving licence issued to them 'automatically'. This service will be available from the 13th June 2011.

    This means that, unlike now, some successful candidates will no longer be required to make a separate application for their full driving licence. It is anticipated that a full licence will be issued to the candidate within 10 days of passing their test.

    The DVA believe this is a positive customer service improvement. In order to qualify for the 'automatic' issue of a driving licence, the candidate must:

  • Confirm there has been no change to their medical condition as reported on their application;
  • Have both parts of their licence available for surrender;
  • Confirm that their name and address, as shown on the provisional licence, is correct;
  • Have a driving licence issued on or after 1 July 2004.
  • Subject to the candidate passing the test and complying with the above criteria the Driving Examiner will ask if they wish to have their full licence issued 'automatically' and if so they will be required to sign and date a health declaration stating that there has been no change in their medical condition since their last licence application and that they undertake to notify the DVA if they develop any medical condition which may adversely affect their fitness to drive. They will also be asked to surrender their provisional licence to the examiner.

    The facility is entirely voluntary and while it is anticipated that a high number of candidates will use it, there are some restrictions, for example, if one wishes to provide a different photograph they cannot use the 'automatic' facility or if they need their provisional licence for ID purposes within a 10 day period from passing their test.

    At present the practical driving test costs £45.50 daytime and £62.50 for Saturday and evening.
    Prices are set by the DVA
    These prices are subject to change.

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