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Hi all,

I have tried to book a theory test date at 30 test centres all across Scotland and the north of England (i.e. all the centres offered to me based on my location) using the DVSA's online booking platform. The booking platform says there are absolutely no dates available for the period of October 2020 to January 2021 at any centre.

Has anyone else faced this issue? If this is truly the case, how are we meant to do theory tests and get our driving licenses?

Thanks in advance,
Rory
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Hi all,

I have tried to book a theory test date at 30 test centres all across Scotland and the north of England (i.e. all the centres offered to me based on my location) using the DVSA's online booking platform. The booking platform says there are absolutely no dates available for the period of October 2020 to January 2021 at any centre.

Has anyone else faced this issue? If this is truly the case, how are we meant to do theory tests and get our driving licenses?

Thanks in advance,
Rory
You're going to have to wait for dates to become available.
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I think you are correct. It's insane how long the waiting time and queue is.

I've contacted Pearson (the people who run the centres) to get a confirmation on the situation. I am crossing my fingers that there is a cancellation. This is the best time for me to get my license.

Thanks for the help,
Rory
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This is the best time for me to get my license.
I dunno about that, you might have the free time but the DVLA in general is facing its biggest backlog ever since it was basically closed for several months straight, and it's not like there isn't generally a hefty wait at the best of times.

Gotta keep chasing the cancellations.
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Hi all,

I have tried to book a theory test date at 30 test centres all across Scotland and the north of England (i.e. all the centres offered to me based on my location) using the DVSA's online booking platform. The booking platform says there are absolutely no dates available for the period of October 2020 to January 2021 at any centre.

Has anyone else faced this issue? If this is truly the case, how are we meant to do theory tests and get our driving licenses?

Thanks in advance,
Rory
Sorry to hear Rory, it is frustrating to wait so long. The three month time to wait was quite normal, mine was a 2 month wait 2 years ago this month.
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I dunno about that, you might have the free time but the DVLA in general is facing its biggest backlog ever since it was basically closed for several months straight, and it's not like there isn't generally a hefty wait at the best of times.

Gotta keep chasing the cancellations.
For me it is the best time as I am able to save some money for my driving. I have been lucky enough to be able to work from home and my living expenses have reduced by quite a lot. I want to take advantage of the situation whilst I can and get driving sorted. As you know, it can be expensive.

I don't want to sound like I'm winging though, I know this is a very hard time for the DVLA and everyone in general.

Thanks for the advice,
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Sorry to hear Rory, it is frustrating to wait so long. The three month time to wait was quite normal, mine was a 2 month wait 2 years ago this month.
Hi TND,

Thanks for the words, appreciate it!

Best,
Rory
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Hi TND,

Thanks for the words, appreciate it!

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You're welcome. I failed in the August (1 serious) then took loads of lessons and passed with zero faults in the October!
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For me it is the best time as I am able to save some money for my driving. I have been lucky enough to be able to work from home and my living expenses have reduced by quite a lot. I want to take advantage of the situation whilst I can and get driving sorted. As you know, it can be expensive.

I don't want to sound like I'm winging though, I know this is a very hard time for the DVLA and everyone in general.

Thanks for the advice,
Rory
Oh I totally get that it's a good time for you to be doing it, just that in terms of trying to make bookings and appointments with the DVLA and test centres it's probably the worst time ever and long, almost silly sounding waits are to be expected. I haven't kept tabs on them the last month or so, but i'd be v surprised if they were back to normal levels of inefficiency this year.
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You're welcome. I failed in the August (1 serious) then took loads of lessons and passed with zero faults in the October!
Congratulations on passing!

I failed my first test just before university with 1 serious as well. I've been very busy since then but I'm now in my final year and want to make sure I'm ready for the real world
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Oh I totally get that it's a good time for you to be doing it, just that in terms of trying to make bookings and appointments with the DVLA and test centres it's probably the worst time ever and long, almost silly sounding waits are to be expected. I haven't kept tabs on them the last month or so, but i'd be v surprised if they were back to normal levels of inefficiency this year.
Yes, you are right.

My best option is to just keep my eyes peeled on the new dates but also hope a cancellation will come through. Not much more I think I could do to be honest.

Thanks again,
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When you pass it is a wondeful feeling. I was happy for many weeks.
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When you pass it is a wondeful feeling. I was happy for many weeks.
That's great to hear!

I think I will be happy for a long time when (or even if xD) I pass. I have been worried about driving for years now lol
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