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Practical Driving Test

The Environment Department is responsible for provision of a driving test service in Guernsey. Driving Examiners are required to undertake intensive training at the Driving Standards Agency in England to qualify to become an Examiner. The Department employs 2 full time Examiners who between them are able to undertake tests in all categories. From time to time, the Department utilises the services of visiting Driving Examiners from England and the Isle of Man. Typically, waiting times for driving tests can be as much as 6 to 8 weeks so prospective candidates are advised to book early. The Department holds a register of driving instructors but is not able to recommend particular instructors or schools.

 

Booking the Test in Guernsey

Tests can be booked online at https://traffic.gov.gg (except for category D1, D, D1E, DE, Public Service Vehicle tests or for a retest following a period of disqualification). All of these tests needs to be booked at the Department's offices.

The booking site will enable you to view the availability of test slots suited to your licence category. You will be able to book and pay for them using a debit or credit card. Confirmation of booking and payment will be sent to your email address. Should you not have access to a debit/credit card you will have to visit the Department's offices to book and make payment in cash or by cheque between 8.45am and 4.30pm (Monday to Friday).  The Department is unable to accept bookings over the telephone.

When booking your driving test in person, please remember to bring the following:

  • Provisional Driving Licence (BOTH plastic card and paper counterpart)
  • Theory test pass certificate
  • Valid C.B.T. certificate (motorcycle candidates only)
  • Payment for the test - this can only be made at the time of booking.

The latest fees for the practical driving can be found in the downloads at the bottom of this page.

A 2.0% charge is levied against payments made by credit card.  This charge does not apply to debit/switch card payments.

Please note that, although the Department will always try its best to accommodate your requirements, test spaces do get booked up well in advance, often for 6 to 8 weeks at a time, so it is advisable to book early.

When the test has been booked, you will be given a booking confirmation letter.  Please retain this as you will need it when taking the actual test.

 

Booking the Test in Alderney

Practical driving tests can normally only be taken after you have held your provisional driving licence for at least one month.  Tests can be booked online at https://www.traffic.gov.gg (except for category D1, D, D1E, DE, Public Service Vehicle tests or for a retest following a period of disqualification). All of these tests needs to be booked at the Alderney States Office.

The booking site will enable you to view the availability of test slots suited to your licence category. You will be able to book and pay for them using a debit or credit card. Confirmation of booking and payment will be sent to your email address. Should you not have access to a debit/credit card you will have to visit the Alderney States Office to book and make payment in cash or by cheque between 8.00 am and 9.00 pm (Monday to Friday).  The States Office is unable to accept bookings over the telephone.

Please note that at present a Driving Examiner will be required to visit from Guernsey to enable practical tests to be undertaken and therefore availability of test slots is limited.

When booking your driving test in person, please remember to bring the following:

  • Provisional Driving Licence (BOTH plastic card and paper counterpart)
  • Theory test pass certificate
  • Valid C.B.T. certificate (motorcycle candidates only)
  • Payment for the test - this can only be made at the time of booking.

The latest fees for the practical driving can be found in the downloads at the bottom of this page.

A 2.0% charge is levied against payments made by credit card.  This charge does not apply to debit/switch card payments.

When the test has been booked, you will be given a booking confirmation letter.  Please retain this as you will need it when taking the actual test.

 

Cancellations or Relocating your Booking

If you need to cancel your driving test, then please try to give us as much notice as possible.  The Department is only able to refund the test fee if the cancellation is made at least seven clear calendar days in advance (excluding the date the candidate cancels on and the date of the test).

If the cancellation is made with less than seven clear calendar days notice, the test fee can only be refunded if the test was cancelled on medical grounds and a doctor's certificate is provided. If you have given seven clear calendar days notice you will be given a Payment Token by the booking system which will allow you to rebook in the future at your convenience.

If you wish to change the date/time of your appointment more than seven clear calendar days in advance, you may log into your existing booking and check other available dates/times and relocate your rebooking at no cost.

You can cancel and/or relocate your test online at https://www.traffic.gov.gg/.

 

Vehicle Requirements

Please note that in order to be used for a driving test, vehicles MUST:

  • Display properly sized and mounted L-Plates
  • Be properly insured
  • Display a valid Windscreen Insurance Certificate (effective 1st April 2009)
  • Be fitted in the passenger seat with a head restraint and seatbelt in good working order (cars and light goods vehicles only.  This applies even if they are normally exempt under the Seat Belts Ordinance, 1998).
  • Be disconnected from dual control accelerator pedals.  The engine must not be altered to run especially fast.
  • Comply with the requirements for Minimum Test Vehicles.  Details of the requirements for Minimum Test Vehicles can be found in the downloads box at the top of this page.

If you pass your test in a motor vehicle which has automatic transmission your full licence will be restricted to the use of such vehicles.

 

Arriving for the Test

Driving tests in Guernsey begin and end at the Environment Department offices at Bulwer Avenue.

When arriving for your test you will need to:

  • Park your vehicle on one of the driving test bays, which are clearly signposted from the road.
  • Report to the reception where an Examiner will meet you.

Driving tests in Alderney begin and end at Alderney Airport.

When arriving for your test you will need to:

  • Park your vehicle in one of the spaces near the entrance.
  • Report to the Examiner who will be waiting in the terminal by the kiosk.

Please endeavour to arrive for your test fifteen minutes early.  Please remember that the examiners have a tight timetable of tests each day and you may miss your test if you are late arriving.

You should have with you the following information:

  • Provisional Driving Licence (BOTH plastic card and paper counterpart)
  • Theory test pass certificate
  • CBT certificate (motorcycle candidates only)
  • Booking receipt (issued at the time of booking)

Before the test commences you will be asked to do two things:

1.  Sign the Driving Examiner's report form.

This signature should be identical to that on your driving licence.  Varying your signature can result in delays and the possible cancellation of your test.

2.  Take an eye-sight test.

The Examiner will point out a vehicle, and ask you to read the number plate from a distance of approximately 22.5 metres.  This is the minimum distance you are required to be able to read a number plate in order to continue with the practical test.

If you need glasses or contact lenses to read the number plate, that is fine.  However, you must wear them during the test and whenever you drive.  If you have had sight correction surgery you should declare this when you apply for your provisional licence.

If you cannot show your examiner that your eyesight is up to the required standard, you will have failed your driving test, and the test will go no further.

 

Taking the Test

The test is designed to see that you can drive safely and competently in various road and traffic conditions.  Your Examiner will try to put you at ease, and is unlikely to say much other than to give instructions, to minimize distractions whilst you are driving.

If you wish for a friend, relative or driving instructor to accompany you on your test, this is permissible, as long as they do not interfere, or distract you from your driving.


The actual test will take approximately 40 minutes, during which time you will be tested on your general driving skills, as well as being asked to complete two of the following manoeuvres:

  • Reversing into a side road either on the Left or Right round a Left or Right corner
  • Turn in the Road
  • Reverse parking exercise which may be either on the road or into a car park bay either at the beginning or end of the test


You will also be required to do an emergency stop at some point driving the test.  The driving examiner will give you plenty of warning.

When taking a test on a motorcycle, tractor, or other vehicle where the driving examiner follows in his car, you will be invited to wear an easy fitting radio receiver so that the examiner can give instructions to you by radio during your test.

It is in your own interest that you agree to use the radio, as should traffic conditions cause you to become separated from the examiner, he can easily request you to stop to allow time for him to catch up with you.

Do not worry about making small mistakes during you driving test.  The examiner will note minor driving mistakes, and you may have up to 15 minor mistakes before failing the test.

However, if you display dangerous driving, you will fail the test, and it will be up to the driving examiner to decide whether or not to continue to the end of the test.

More detailed information regarding the content of driving tests can be found by following the link at the top of the page to the document titled The Practical Driving Test.

 

Test Results

At the end of your test you will be told immediately by the examiner whether you have passed or failed.

If you have passed your test, you will be given a green pass certificate, which enables you to drive for the following 7 days as if you hold a full driving licence in that category.  However, if you do not apply for a full driving licence within those seven days, you must return to driving under provisional licence conditions until you obtain a full driving licence.

Your pass certificate can be exchanged for a full licence up to a year after your test, after which it is no longer valid.

If you fail your test, you will have the opportunity to ask the examiner any questions concerning the reason for failure.

You can either book another test straight away (bearing in mind that there is probably a waiting list) or continue to have more practice until you feel you are confident enough to try again.


Traffic and Transport Services Unit

P.O. Box 145,  Bulwer Avenue,  St Sampsons,  Guernsey,  GY1 3HY,  Channel Islands
Tel: 44 1481 243400 Email: traffic@gov.gg




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