One metre social distancing for theory tests in England

From today (3 August) we will be introducing at least one metre social distancing measures at theory test centres in England.

This is inline with the current government guidance to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Keeping your pupils safe

We’re updating our social distancing measures at theory test centres. This is inline with the latest government advice and includes:

  • using floor markings to keep people 1 metre apart
  • spacing workstations and chairs so you’re at least 1 metre away from other people
  • extra cleaning of the test centres
  • using protective transparent screens at the reception desk
  • providing hand sanitiser for you to use when you arrive at the test centre, during your test and when you leave
  • cleaning workstations, including computers and headphones, before every test

Staff will wear a face covering (unless there’s a medical reason that it’s not recommended for them) and gloves.

We’ve published more guidance and photos that show what you can expect on GOV.UK.

Wearing a face covering

Your pupils should wear a face covering when they go for their test if they can. They shouldn’t wear one if it will cause them difficulties – for example if they have a respiratory condition.

They will need to remove it briefly so the test centre staff can check their ID.

Your pupils can find out more about how to wear and make a cloth face covering on GOV.UK.

Making more tests available

More tests will be available from today (3 August). This will help to reduce the waiting time for theory tests.

Theory tests in Scotland restarted on 22 July and tests in Wales will begin today (3 August). We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 advice given by the respective governments.