The DVSA is developing an app to electronically record driving tests.
The new app, accessed on a tablet, prepopulates candidate and test information automatically from the booking and allows an overview of the previous test to be completed quickly and easily.
It provides examiners with immediate access to their testing schedule and highlights any specific needs the candidate might have let us know about when they booked their test. This will better prepare the examiner before meeting the candidate, to know how to help them.
Examiners will conduct the test in exactly the same way as with the current paper form but will record it electronically on the app.
Capturing test results electronically will remove the need for almost two million test forms to be scanned each year and speed up notification of the result to DVLA, cutting the time taken for successful candidates to receive their full driving licence.
DVSA says the prototype version of the app has received positive feedback from examiners. It has also held small trial sessions with potential candidates.
To begin with, the app will only be used on car driving tests. DVSA will deliver a small number of tests, taking on board any feedback from the examiners and candidates, before increasing its use.
Over time, the app will be rolled out out to all other test categories, including ADI tests.