When you arrive at the theory test centre they will ask you to show them the necessary driving theory test documents which includes; both parts of your driving licence; the photocard and the paper counterpart. If you only have the old style licence without a photo you must also bring a valid passport with you. If you don’t have the required documents you will not be able to take your theory test and you will lose your test fee.
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The old style driving licences
An old style driving licence consists of one paper document which does not show your current photograph. If you only have an old style paper licence then you must also take with you a valid passport. Remember no other form of photographic identification will be accepted.
Driving Theory Test Centre Surrey
There is a driving theory test centre in Surrey located in Crawley and also in Burgess Hill. We will advise you on the best location to take your theory test as soon as we begin with your course of Surrey driving lessons.
What happens at the test centre
Once you have shown your documents and all is correct you will then be taken through to the test room and told which computer to sit at which will already have your details programmed into it. You are not allowed to take anything into the test room with you; all your personal items such as your phone, bags etc. must be placed in a locker which is available in the reception area.
Once you are in the test room you must not talk or distract any other of the people taking their tests. Your computer will display your name and the category of vehicle your test is for; check they are correct before you start. If you have any problems during the test you will need to attract the attention of one of the test centre staff by raising you hand.
If you have special needs
The DSA provides a number of services for people with any special requirements. These include foreign language, extra time, sign language and translators.
All or any of the special requirements have to be requested at the time of booking your theory test at a Surrey driving test centre.
Non English tests
If your first language is not English then you can request a voice-over in one of the 21 languages available, you can also request this service if you can not read. The voice-over will read the questions to you through head phones and then when you touch the screen the answers will follow. You can hear the questions and answers as many times as you like.
Voice-overs are available in the following languages;
Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, English, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Mirpuri, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh.
Of the 21 different languages available, if your main language is not one of them you can request a translator assisted theory test. When you call the DSA they will give you the list of approved translators. It is then up to you to arrange a test date with the translator and to pay any extra fees involved.
If you suffer from dyslexia or any other reading difficulties you can also ask for a voice-over. You can also ask for extra time on the multiple choice part of the test. People with any hearing difficulties can take the test in British sign language (BSL).
Any other special needs not listed above can be discussed by contacting the theory test customer service section of the DSA.