COVID-19 safety for theory tests
you must wear a mask whilst sitting your theory test
you'll be asked to remove your mask temporarily to verify your ID
wait in the designated area until you're called through
use the hand sanitiser that's located at stations throughout the building
all workstations and any areas that candidates are in contact with will be wiped down after each candidate
Don't attend your theory test
do not attend your theory test if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
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 via the online facility, using a credit or debit card, you can also change the date of the test online.
Book your driving theory test
On the day of your test
You'll take the test at Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS). You should arrive at DVS reception at least 15 minutes before your test is due to start. You will not be allowed to take your test if you're late, and you'll 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.
Part (B) is the hazard perception test which consists of short video clips of developing driving hazards.
Both tests involve using a computer mouse.
You'll find out if you have passed immediately at the end of the test.
Motorcycles and Cars
Part (A) of the theory test consists of 50 questions and the time allowed to complete the test is 57 minutes. There is an option of taking a practice test. You must answer 43 out of 50 questions correctly to pass.
Part (B), the hazard perception 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 can have a 3 minute optional break between part (A) and part (B), but you will not be able to leave the room
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. There is an option of taking a 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. 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 time allowed for part (B) is 20 minutes. You can have a 3 minute optional break between part (A) and part (B), but you will not be able to leave the room.
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.
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 or download using the link below
- 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 "Jersey Theory Test Suite" App
- Official "Jersey Theory Test Suite" DVD or USB stick (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 the certificate to book your practical driving test. If you lose the certificate a duplicate is available for a fee from DVS.
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.