Taking a driving test is usually the final stage of the learn to drive process and the start of independent driving, but what actually happens once you pass or even if you fail? Let’s find out…
What happens when you pass?
The examiner will finish the test by asking you to switch off the engine and asking you to relax ahead of them informing you of the result. The examiner will then proceed to inform you that you have been successful and will initiate the issuing of the licence.
They will complete the test pass certificate which is your entitlement to drive and asking you if you would like them to send off for your licence (plastic card) automatically. We usually advise this is the best way to do it as it saves you time and getting the process wrong.
The examiner will then take your plastic card licence from you for shredding and will exchange that for the test pass certificate. This certificate still entitles you to drive but it’s probably best to keep it with you until your new card arrives in the post.
The new plastic card driving licence will be pink in colour and no longer green. It usually takes up to 21 days (3 weeks) to arrive but they usually drop through your door in a week roughly, depending on how busy a period it is. Please note if the licence doesn’t arrive within this 21 day period then there is a number to call on the back of the paper certificate for you to chase.
Before the examiner vacates the vehicle they will provide some feedback on your drive, where you could improve and sometimes tips on eco safe driving. This is always useful to listen to as these pointers may prevent you from having issues in the future, remember your still not a perfect driver.
Finally the examiner will normally leave you with a copy of the latest driving magazine which is full of useful hints, tips and advice, it’s definitely worth a read.
So what happens if you aren’t successful?
As before the examiner will finish the test by asking you to switch off the engine and asking you to relax ahead of them informing you of the result. The examiner will then proceed to inform you that unfortunately you haven’t been successful and will begin to explain why.
At this point it is always a good idea to have your instructor or accompanying driver present so they also know and understand why you weren’t successful on this attempt.
They will leave you with a copy of your test report and accompanying notes for you to read through and work on in your own time, don’t throw this.
In regards to booking another test you are eligible to rebook straight away, it may take a few minutes for the examiner to update the system, process your unsuccessful test and enable the booking of a new one but it is turned around quite quickly.
You will not be able to sit a test for a period of 10 days so dates within this period won’t be shown but that doesn’t mean you can’t log on and book one instantly.
During the period between tests it is essential you get out and continue to practice, whether that’s in your own/family car or with your instructor. Utilise the time well to work on weaker areas and maintain the standard of already good areas.
If you have any further questions or are still unsure of any test day procedures then let us know.