The Theory Test

Putting the theory into practice!

If you are a learner driver you must take and pass your theory test before you book your practical driving test. The theory test for car and motorcycle drivers is made up of two parts which are taken at the same time; a multiple choice and hazard perception part. You must pass both parts of the test to obtain a test certificate. Once you have passed the theory test you can then apply to take your practical driving test.

Theory test fees

Test Category Current cost Oct 2015 cost
Car & Motorcycle £25.00 £23.00
Taxi Driver £34.00 £34.00
Bus & Lorry Multiple Choice £28.00 £26.00
Bus & Lorry Hazard Perception £12.00 £11.00
Bus & Lorry CPC (Module 2) £24.00 £23.00

The link below will take you to practice screens that look similar to the theory test you will take at the official theory test centre. Each test for cars contains 50 multiple choice questions. There are no hazard perception clips within these tests.

Hazard Perception Test

Theory update

Hazard perception has been updated in NI Direct, changes to theory test
Hazard perception clips get a modern makeover (

Test yourself!

Click on links below to have a go at the DVA’s sample theory test. 

The Highway Code for Northern Ireland can be downloaded here.

Book Theory Test

Please visit the DVA website (external website) to book your theory test online:

LGV Practice Theory Tests

A practice LGV theory test is available here: