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Disqualification and Sitting the Extended Driving Test

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 22 Oct 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Extended Driving Test Disqualification

There are a number of driving offences that could lead to disqualification. A driver can have their driving status reduced to that of a learner and be forced to sit an extended driving test.

Retesting for Disqualified Drivers

Drivers who have been disqualified and ordered to sit an extended test will usually have been convicted for serious driving offences. As part of obtaining a licence after a disqualification a driver will be required to sit a much more intense and longer driving test. The extended test should not be viewed as a form of punishment. It is simply a safety measure to ensure disqualified drivers meet the required road safety standards. Disqualified Drivers will be required to apply for a provisional licence and learn to drive just as a learner would.

What Offences Might Lead to an Extended Driving Test?

Serious driving offences can include Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or narcotics. Courts can also impose the extended test on drivers who have been convicted of dangerous driving. Motoring offences that come with an obligatory driving ban may also lead to the driver having to sit the extended test. If a driver commits an offence that leads to an obligatory disqualification then that will usually mean they face a learner driver status. The same provisional licence rules will then apply to previously disqualified drivers.

Rules for Sitting an Extended Driving Test

The rules for the extended driving test are similar to those of a normal test with some exceptions. The driver must pass a theory test, which will be in the category of vehicle they intend to drive in the practical test. One of the main differences with the extended driving test is the length of time. An extended test will take around 70 minutes; a normal test will usually take around 40 minutes. The extended test will be harder to pass and will include all driving manoeuvres.

Included in the Extended Driving Test

The extended driving test for disqualified drivers was introduced in January 1992. The extended test will be more intense than the normal driving test and will include a variety of roads including dual carriageways. The extended driving test will include:

  • All manoeuvres such as reversing around corners, parallel parking and turning in the road
  • Emergency stops will be included
  • Reverse parking and parking in bays will be included
  • Sticking to speed limits exactly and not exceeding at all
  • 15 minor driving errors are permitted but no dangerous driving or serious driving faults

Lessons Prior to an Extended Driving Test

Disqualified drivers who are to sit an extended driving test should be fully prepared. Drivers should take lessons from a qualified driving instructor prior to sitting the extended driving tests. There are some driving instructors who will not teach previously disqualified drivers due to insurance problems. Many companies that hire dual control cars for teaching purposes will also not hire to previously disqualified drivers. Extended tests do come with higher fees than standard driving tests and test centres should be informed which test is being applied for.

Driving Other Vehicles and Disqualifications

Disqualified motorcyclists will be required to sit compulsory basic training when their disqualification ends. Disqualification will automatically mean cancellation of the certificate of completion that was gained through prior training. Drivers of heavy good vehicles and passenger transportation such as buses will automatically lose their driving entitlement on disqualification. Extended car driving tests may be required plus tests for each vehicle that the driver intends to use. But entitlement restoration will be the decision of the Licensing Authority as to whether this is permitted or not.

Committing serious driving offences that lead to disqualification can seriously hamper future driving even after the ban has ended. These driving offences can mean that the extended test may be required and can also make a serious difference to a driver’s insurance premiums. Drivers who use heavy goods vehicles and drive public transportation may never be entitled to drive these types of vehicle again. Further information on the extended driving test can be found at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

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I’ve had numerous driving bans but never heald a full licence, after many years of stupidity I’ve decided to get my act together, I’ve had lessons and passed my theory test however when it came to booking the practical test for category B the DVLA are requiring that I do an extended test, can this be right?
Oggy - 22-Oct-18 @ 10:06 AM
I was disqualified in 2009 for dangerous driving, I got my provisional back in 29/08/2012 I was told I had to do a advanced retest when my ban was up. I want to take my retest for a cat B car licence, will I have to do a theory again as I carnt remember the court saying I had to and how much will this cost me? With a theory incase and with having to do the theory? Cat A motor cycle and cat B car? Thanks for your time.
Craigy boy - 4-Sep-18 @ 3:51 AM
Scotty - Your Question:
I was banned in sept 2017 and was told I could go on a course to reduce my ban from 1yr to 9mths.i only had until end of december2017 to pay for this course but could not afford it at time.is there any way I could do it now?

Our Response:
No, if a deadline was set and you did not meet the deadline, the option to do the course is removed.
NoPenaltyPoints - 8-Jun-18 @ 3:15 PM
I was banned in sept2017 and was told i could go on a course to reduce my ban from 1yr to 9mths..i only had until end of december2017 to pay for this course but could not afford it at time..is there any way i could do it now?
Scotty - 7-Jun-18 @ 1:07 PM
Al - Your Question:
I was banned over 10 years ago but never renewed, now I need to ,will I have to retest ? any help appreciated. thanksAlan

Our Response:
This depends on what the court ordered at the time - some offences require a driving test re-sit.
NoPenaltyPoints - 17-Apr-18 @ 2:35 PM
i was banned over 10 years ago but never renewed, now I need to ,will I have to retest ? any help appreciated. thanks Alan
Al - 16-Apr-18 @ 11:35 PM
Daisy_dukes - Your Question:
My partner passed his extended test today 15/02/18 after a 3 year ban for dangerous driving when insurance ask for time held license does he put today’s date as new pass day or does he put 31/01/02 when he originally passed??

Our Response:
He should ask the insurance company which date they want to know about.
NoPenaltyPoints - 20-Feb-18 @ 12:46 PM
My partner passed his extended test today 15/02/18 after a 3 year ban for dangerous driving when insurance ask for time held license does he put today’s date as new pass day or does he put 31/01/02 when he originally passed??
Daisy_dukes - 16-Feb-18 @ 12:53 AM
Hi I'm a ex disqualified driver who has failed his test today but I feel like I was judged and failed the minute HE asked me the reason why I had to sit a extended test is this fair and allowed today in are world I felt like he made his mind up there and then. Thanks for your time
Sherbs - 24-Jan-18 @ 10:32 PM
Hi I was disqual for dangerous driving, (there was a standoff in a single road, I was stationary, other party was police off duty he lied saying I shoved him down the hill with my van front bumper to front bumper and remarkably he managed to park his car in a space while I was shoving him. His story was believed) anyway a order was made to take an extended test (unbeknown to me) 13 yrs ago.This order was never enforced to the DVLA and I have driven on a full license until today 18/12/17 when a letter I received told me I am disqual and have to send my license to have it amended.This evidence was presented to the police following 3 yrs battling the Social Services (see my youtube channel Scott Smyth to get an idea of what has been happening) anyway because I beat them they have started to harass me.I rang the number on the letter and was told the Police rang them and told them to enforce the order set 13 yrs ago.I am unsure if the police have the power to do this, surely the matter should be brought before the courts again to see why it was not enforced.I have set up a business 11 yrs ago and need my license to operate.Has anyone ever heard of something similar.Final question is do I have to resit all my entitlements again I have lots as I'm an old fart :)
MrBullet131 - 18-Dec-17 @ 7:16 PM
Thankyou for all this feed back. I am currently serving a ban for dangerous driving. My ban ends soon after 3 years. I have to take a extended test and the resit but its cheaper than first thought but once heard I also need to have a blood test ? Which could be around £300 which is a joke !! Surely my doctors can sort this for lessI am looking forward to my license as I a brand new ford kuga. Which is beautiful. Anyone knowledge regarding blood tests
Madmak - 15-Dec-17 @ 9:02 PM
I was convicted of dangerous driving just under 2 years ago, 2 year ban extended re test, but now checked my licence on line and dvla tell me I am not banned full licence no points and wont allow me to book extended re test, they posted me out my licence and my ban is up. does anyone have any info on this.or has it ever happened to anyone.i would love this to happen to me
dj - 14-Jun-17 @ 8:20 PM
Conz - Your Question:
Hi.Im 2 years into a 3 an a half year ban for dangerious driving an will have to do the extended test! I previously had my full motorbike licence and was wondering will I get it back or do I have to resit it as well? Can't seem to get answers anywhere.

Our Response:
If you take the extended driving test for the car (which we assume is what you were driving when banned), you should simply be able to re-apply to have the motorbike licence returned at the same time.
NoPenaltyPoints - 7-Apr-17 @ 12:52 PM
Hi..Im 2 years into a 3 an a half year ban for dangerious driving an will have to do the extended test! I previously had my full motorbike licence and was wondering will I get it back or do I have to resit it as well? Can't seem to get answers anywhere....
Conz - 1-Apr-17 @ 6:58 PM
Wats - Your Question:
I had 3 bans for dangerous driving and drink driving over 10 years ago. I only had a provisional license at the time. I'm told that I have to do an extended test. Is this true?Thanks

Our Response:
Yes, very probably. The extended driving test is usually for serious offences like drink driving and dangerous driving. You should check the court order details (from when you were banned).
NoPenaltyPoints - 13-Mar-17 @ 12:40 PM
I had 3 bans for dangerous driving and drink driving over 10 years ago. I only had a provisional license at the time. I'm told that I have to do an extended test. Is this true? Thanks
Wats - 10-Mar-17 @ 3:00 PM
Dan - Your Question:
I was banned at 15 years old and never had a license and had to take a extended retest so I went for my bike license when I was 31 and did the retest. Now I want to take my car test and am curious if I have to do a second retest or if I can do the normal test as if done the required retest as stated by the courts ???

Our Response:
It's likely that as you've taken your bike licence, the car licence re-test may not be neededbut you should check with DLVA or the court that issued the original order.
NoPenaltyPoints - 3-Mar-17 @ 2:18 PM
I was banned at 15 years old and never had a license and had to take a extended retest so I went for my bike license when I was 31 and did the retest. Now i want to take my car test and am curious if I have to do a second retest or if I can do the normal test as if done the required retest as stated by the courts ???
Dan - 1-Mar-17 @ 7:04 PM
I was convicted of dangerous driving just under 2 years ago, 2 year ban extended re test, but now checked my licence on line and dvla tell me I am not banned full licence no points and wont allow me to book extended re test, they posted me out my licence and my ban is up.
james123 - 3-Jan-17 @ 9:17 PM
If i pass my extended driving test , is this to get my licence back from when i first passed my driving test or is it classed as a new licence that i will have only held a full driving licence since passing my extended driving test ...
Rye - 10-Nov-16 @ 6:06 PM
If you need information about your licence or if you not sure if you have to take extended test phone dvla and ask them what test do I need to take I passed my test 23 years ago and had to do extended test because I was stupid I done extended test and got banned again and I had to do extended test again tw#t I need to know if I get 6 points will I have to take my test again because on my licence they give me back all my vehicles I can drive with my test date in 1993 on back of licence I can drive car towing trailer and 7.5 ton so do the 6 points affect me because i have my original licence back from 1993
Gazza - 16-Oct-16 @ 12:44 AM
Can i still apply for my first time provisional even though ive been banned by the courts ??
craigy baby - 14-Oct-16 @ 8:29 AM
I was banned 2 years ago on a provisional license for a DUI does this mean I have to do a extended test ?? I don't remember the court saying I had to :/
Mr S - 26-Sep-16 @ 3:20 PM
I was given an 18 month driving ban and have to do an extend driving test will I have to do an extended cbt test even though I was done for a car driving offence or will I be able to just do the normal cbt after my ban is up
Jake - 13-Sep-16 @ 8:31 PM
matt - Your Question:
I had my licence revoked three years ago due to driving without due care and attention and received six points as I had not been driving for three years at the time. will I need an extended test?i have my full bike licence back and didn't receive any notifications when I re applied for my provisional car licence.

Our Response:
Usually the judge will specify whether an extended test will be required at the time of revoking the licence.
NoPenaltyPoints - 6-Sep-16 @ 2:18 PM
I had my licence revoked three years ago due to driving without due care and attention and received six points as i had not been driving for three years at the time. will i need an extended test? i have my full bike licence back and didn't receive any notifications when i re applied for my provisional car licence.
matt - 5-Sep-16 @ 12:15 PM
I got 6 point for in10 I probably need to do my extended test but how can I book it's not letting me book on their website !!!
Mahad - 3-Sep-16 @ 4:44 PM
I passed my extended test but got done for drink driving but just beforei got no insuance... and obviously got 6 points within 3 months of passing the test like a tw*t do i have to retake my whole extended test again or sit the normal test? ??? HELP
legzy - 25-Aug-16 @ 5:06 AM
I have been disqualified driving for a 15 months (driving whilst disqualified), I ma planning to take a motorbike licence procedure, so can I start with my CBT training before my ban has been expired (in next 3 months)...in the final paper from the court is nothing about any extended driving test requiring. thanks!
dodobird - 5-Jul-16 @ 2:27 PM
Mark - Your Question:
If you pass an extended car test do you still need to do the extended bike test?

Our Response:
Yes, the motorbike test is different.
NoPenaltyPoints - 20-Jun-16 @ 10:30 AM
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