Extended driving test
For certain driving offences you may have been ordered to take an extended driving test.
You will only need to take this test if you have been disqualified from driving and ordered by the court to take the extended test.
If you have a driving ban for drink or drug driving, or if you have been disqualified for dangerous driving these are the main offences where the extended driving test will be ordered by the court.
How do I get my driving licence back.
If you have been ordered to take the extended driving test, you should receive a reminder from the DVLA 56 days before your ban expires, if you don’t receive one then you can find the application form here extended driving test application form . You will need to order the relevant form, it is D1 for Cars.
You will then need to book and sit your theory test which can be booked here Book a theory test.
Once you have passed your theory test you will be able to book your extended practical driving test.
What is the extended driving test like.
The extended test is marked the same as the learner driving test, the only difference being that you will be out on the road for longer, expect the test to last for at least an hour as opposed to the 40 minutes on the standard learner test.
You will be asked to do one of the set driving manoeuvres such as driving into a parking bay, parallel parking or pulling up on the right-hand side of the road. You may also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.
You must complete the test with less than 16 minor faults and no serious or dangerous faults.
It is strongly advised that you take some further professional training prior to taking this test.
Will the marking be stricter on an extended test?
The examiner is meant to mark the test the same as the learner driving test, however he or she will know roughly why you are taking the extended test by the code on your licence, so if you have committed a really serious offence such as CD40 which is causing death by careless driving while unfit through excess alcohol, then you may understandably find that you are watched very closely.
You have the right to a fair test, and that is what you need to prepare for.