Just because you have special needs, you’re not necessarily prevented from taking your theory and practical tests. You’ll need to notify the DVSA of your circumstances when you apply for the test, so any provisions can be made, but you won’t have to pay any more than the standard test fee.

Theory Test

Practical test

You’ll have to take the standard driving test, no matter how serious your disability – although you may get extra time if necessary.

It was possible until recently to take a foreign-language interpreter with you, but they’re no longer allowed, so the test has to be taken in English, Welsh, or British Sign Language.

As with the theory test, you have to flag up any medical conditions at the point that you book the test. Such conditions include:

  • Any condition which affects your movement
  • Any special learning needs
  • Arthritis
  • Deafness (profound or otherwise)
  • Dyslexia
  • Epilepsy
  • Missing limbs
  • Paraplegia
  • Pregnancy (late stage)
  • Any other special needs

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