Using your own car during your driving test

When taking your driving test in the UK you do have the option to use your own car instead of your driving instructors car should you prefer. However, your car must meet the following rules:

  • The car must be insured (check with your insurance company to confirm you are permitted to use your car for a driving test)
  • The car must be taxed
  • Have a valid MOT and be roadworthy
  • Have roadworthy tyres with legal tread depth on each tyre
  • The car must have 4 tyres
  • The car must have “L” learner driver plates on the front and rear of the car (option to use ‘D’ plates in Wales)
  • The car must not be displaying any dashboard warning lights
  • The car must be able to reach a speed of at least 62mph and have a mph speedometer
  • The car must have an extra interior rear-view mirror that can be used by the examiner
  • The car must have seatbelts for the driver and all passengers
  • The MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) of the car does not exceed 3500kg when it is loaded

You can use either a manual, automatic or semi-automatic car. However, it’s worth noting that if you decide to pass your test in an automatic car you will then only be licensed to drive an automatic car.

Below is a list of cars that cannot be used due to the restricted all-round viewing it provides for your examiner:

  • Toyota IQ
  • BWM Mini Convertible
  • Ford KA Convertible
  • Volkswagon Beetle Convertible

If you are planning on using a convertible for your test then it is advisable to call the DVSA to confirm your vehicle meets requirements.

Note – Your test will be cancelled and any paid fees lost if your car does not meet the rules above.