Theory test categories
There are four separate theory tests available which cover different types of vehicle:
You need to have the appropriate provisional licence for the type of vehicle you intend to drive.
|Theory test||Licence categories|
(also F, K, H)
|C: Large goods (lorries)||C1|
|D: Large passenger (buses / coaches)||D1|
How to book a driver theory test
You can book a test in two ways:
- at Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS) in person (bookings cannot be taken by phone)
- online, using a credit or debit card
When you book in person, you'll need to bring with you:
- your Jersey provisional licence
- the fee (£33) for motorcycles and cars or (£41) for large goods and large passenger vehicles, either
- in cash
- as a cheque payable to the Treasurer of the States
- by credit or debit card
Book your driving theory test online
On the day of your test
You take the test at Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS). You should arrive at DVS reception at least 15 minutes before your test. You will not be allowed to take your test if you are late, and you will have to apply and pay again.
You must bring your provisional licence with you. You should check that the date is still valid and that it covers the correct category for the test you are taking.
The theory test
From 1 November 2016 the driver theory test changed to consist of a two part exam. Both parts must be passed before booking or taking the practical driving test. You will have to sit the complete test again and repay if you fail either part.
There is a voice over option for the theory tests. The voice over is available in English only.
Part (A) is the driving theory test which consists of multiple choice questions on a touch screen computer.
Part (B) is the hazard perception test which consists of short video clips of developing driving hazards.
Motorcycles and Cars
Part (A) of the theory test consists of 50 questions and the time allowed to complete the test is 60 minutes inclusive of 5 minutes practice time. You must answer 43 out of 50 questions correctly to pass.
Part (B), the hazard perception part of the test, requires candidates to look at 14 short video clips and identify developing hazards as early as possible. There are 13 clips with 1 hazard and 1 clip with 2 hazards to identify.
Each hazard clip is worth a maximum score of 5 points. The maximum points you can score for the motorcycle and car test is 75 (5 x 15 hazards) you must score a minimum of 44 to pass.
The time allowed for part (B) is 15 minutes. You will have a 3 minute optional break between part (A) and part (B).
Lorries and buses
Part (A) of the theory test for large goods and large passenger vehicles consists of 100 questions and the time allowed to complete the test is 120 minutes inclusive of 5 minutes practice time. You must answer 85 out of 100 questions correctly to pass.
Part (B), the hazard perception test, requires candidates to look at 19 short video clips and identify developing hazards as early as possible.
The time allowed for part (B) is 20 minutes. You will have a 3 minute optional break between part (A) and part (B).
There are 18 video clips with 1 hazard and 1 clip with 2 hazards to identify.
Each hazard clip is worth a maximum score of 5 points. The maximum points you can score for the large goods and large passenger vehicle test is 100 (5 x 20 hazards) you must score a minimum of 67 to pass.
The hazard perception test
You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.
You can score up to 5 points for each developing hazard.
To get a high score, you need to click the mouse as soon as you see the hazard starting to develop.
You only get one attempt at each clip. You can't review or change your responses.
What is a developing hazard?
A developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.
A car is parked at the side of the road and isn't doing anything. It wouldn't cause you to take action, so it's not a developing hazard.
When you get closer, the car's right-hand indicator starts to flash and it starts to move away. You'd need to slow down, so it's now a developing hazard.
You will find out if you have passed immediately at the end of the test.
Preparing for the test
The following publications can help you to prepare for the driver theory test:
Jersey Highway Code (available free of charge from your parish hall)
Official Highway Code
Official Theory Test for Car Drivers (from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA))
Official Theory Test for Motorcyclists
Official Theory Test for Drivers of Large Vehicles
Official "Islands" Driving Theory Test App
Official "Islands" Driving Theory Test DVD (available from Driver and Vehicle Standards) (for Windows PC only)
there are also various UK hazard perception practice clips available online which give an overview and may be helpful when preparing for the test
Jersey Highway Code
Your pass certificate does not expire. However, it will be cancelled if you are convicted of an offence that requires you to re-sit the prescribed driving test.
You will need it to book your practical driving test. Also, if you wish to sit another practical driving test within the same licence category, your pass certificate will exempt you from sitting another driving theory test.