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At What Age Can You Can Take a Theory Test

Book Theory Test Today delves into the minefield that is theory test age limits…
So, you want to book your theory test online! However, you’re confused by how old you have to be to take a theory test for the vehicle you want to operate.

It is baffling! After all, it’s widely thought that you have to be 17 before you can take a theory test. However, this is not strictly true. Whether you qualify to take a theory test depends entirely on the vehicle you wish to operate and the individual circumstances of each person.

Mopeds
If you want to ride a moped you can take a theory test at the age of 16, provided you have a valid provisional driving licence. You can apply for your provisional licence to ride a moped up to three months before your 16th birthday.

However, the licence does not become valid until the day you turn 16, at which point you qualify to book your theory test online. Happy birthday!!!

Car Drivers
For car drivers the minimum age for theory test qualification is 17. Although you can apply for a provisional driving licence up to three months before your 17th birthday, it is invalid until you turn 17.

Exceptional Circumstances
Should you be in receipt of disability allowance at the highest level, you qualify to take a theory test at the age of 16, provided you have a valid provisional driving licence. Again, you can apply for your provisional licence up to 3 months before your 16th birthday and this will become valid the moment you turn 16. You then qualify to book your theory test online.

Why is the Age Limit Different for Mopeds and Cars?
It all comes down to power. Mopeds are considered ‘less powerful’ vehicles, therefore, the age at which a driver can operate one is fixed at 16. If an individual wanted to ride a motorbike the permitted age would be 17, due to the increase in power of the vehicle.
Due to the varying levels of power, cars are in a different classification to mopeds. The potential to cause harm on the road with a car is greater than that of a moped. Therefore, the age limit to operate a car is raised to 17.

However, it is worth noting that the age limit for cars is subject to change. Ongoing discussions between the DVSA and the Government could lead to the age limit for holding a provisional licence and taking a theory test being raised to 18.

The age at which you can take a theory test varies depending on circumstances. The vehicle you wish to operate and your medical condition are just some of the factors that determine at which age you can take a theory test.

If you’re unsure, fill out our quick online form to determine if you qualify to take a theory test for the vehicle you’d like to operate. It takes just 60 seconds.”

Book Your Theory Test, Now
Book Theory Test Today offers an intermediary service assisting clients with booking a UK theory test, or practical test, at test centres across the nation.

The service also supplies resources to help you prepare for your practical and theory tests – Ready to take your theory test? Book your theory test online, today.

No. We’re not affiliated with the DVSA or the gov.uk website, but that does not make us a scam. You’re charged an admin fee to cover our staff costs and the process of booking a theory test or practical exam on your behalf. 


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