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When Do I Need To Retake My Driving Test?

When Do I Need To Retake My Driving Test?

The day that you pass your driving test is full of excitement – after all the lessons and nerves, you are at last in possession of a driving licence. But how long is it valid for?

Although there isn’t a set period of time when you need to retake your driving test, there are instances where your license could be revoked or you’ll need to prove that you are still fit to drive.

In this article, we look at the circumstances that may mean you have to retake your driving test as well as driving licence age restrictions.

Do you need to retake a driving test?

Although drivers will need to renew their driving licence every ten years – this is your photocard licence – you won’t need to retake your test except in a few instances:

Medical condition or disability

It’s important that you tell theDVLA if you develop a medical condition or disability that could affect your driving ability.

This includes conditions such as:

  • diabetes
  • epilepsy
  • strokes
  • glaucoma

If you are unsure if a medical condition or disability will affect your driving skills, check the list on the GOV.UK website. If your condition is listed, it’s extremely important to tell the DVLA as soon as possible, as failure to do so could mean a fine of up to £1,000 and put yourself and others at risk.

If you are unsure if a health condition or disability would affect your driving skills, check the list on the GOV.UK website. If your condition is listed, it’s extremely important to tell the DVLA as soon as possible, as failure to do so could mean a fine of up to £1,000 and put yourself and others at risk.

Driving disqualifications

If you are banned from driving, due to being convicted of a driving offence, for 56 days or more you will need to apply for a new driving licence and possibly retake your driving test. You will be told by a court if this is the case and will need to apply for a provisional licence first.

Driving licence age restrictions

There’s a common misconception that older people need to retake their driving test, but this isn’t the case. When you reach your 70th birthday you will need torenew your licence with DVLA and every three years after this.

You won’t need to stop driving unless there are other reasons for you to do so, such as a medical condition, but there is no upper age limit or driver assessment for those aged over 70.

When it comes to driving, the most important thing is that you are confident, well and competent in your ability to drive. If you are at all unsure, refer to the advice above. If you do need to retake your test, we’re here to help. Totally Driving prides itself on creating bespoke lessons to meet each and every student’s needs. Contact us today.

Olie Smith
Olie Smith
Olie Smith is a DSA Fully Approved Driving instructor with years of professional experience in driver training. Oliver set up Totally Driving to give a more bespoke, personal feel to driving lessons.

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