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Theory Test Certificate and On Road Certificate Extension

NIAIC (Northern Ireland Approved Instructors Council) have confirmed with the DVA that theory tests due to expire during the COVID-19 pandemic are to be granted an extension.

Driver & Vehicle Agency are pleased to confirm two changes that the Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon MLA, announced today.

The first change extends the validity

of all theory test pass certificates that expire between 1 March 2020 and 31 October 2020 by eight months.

The second change extends the validity of all off-road motorcycle test pass certificates which expire between 1 March 2020 and 31 August 2020 by six months.


Both changes require an amendment to The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996, under Article 5(3) of the Road Traffic (NI) Order 1981, which will come into effect in September 2020 and will be applied retrospectively.


I also wish to take the opportunity to update you on practical driving tests for cars and lorries.  We are continuing to work hard to safely restore


these services as quickly as possible, with the priority of keeping our customers and staff safe, in line with public health advice and guidance.

Although no date for a resumption of testing has yet been set, I hope the extension of theory test pass certificates helps reduce any worry or anxiety learner drivers or riders may have had regarding the expiry of their certificate.


Note: If NIAIC is mentioned or linked to this document in full or any part of this document is copied, the reader should be given access to the full original text by contacting NIAIC for a copy from their local Association.




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