North West Driving Assessment Service – FAQ’s

FAQsHow long does it take?

The time will vary depending on the nature of the assessment but be prepared to spend up to three hours for an assessment.

How much does it cost?

If you refer yourself, the fee for your assessment would be £50.00. If you are referred to our service through an NHS medical professional there is no charge. A case manager referral has a £150.00 fee.

Do I need to prepare anything before I come for the assessment?

No, but the regulations regarding eyesight mean that you need to be able to read a vehicle registration plate at a distance of 20 metres in good daylight, either with or without glasses.

It will be necessary for you to demonstrate this at the beginning of your driving assessment. If you cannot do this it will mean that the assessment cannot go ahead, so it is best that you check you can meet these requirements prior to attending.

What do I need to bring?

A list of regular medication.

Glasses if you wear them.

Driving licence, If you do not have one please bring proof of entitlement to drive.

Sensible footwear for driving along with appropriate attire as part of the assessment may be conducted outside.

Mobility equipment, if you use them ie wheelchair, splint, transfer board.

Will I be asked questions on the high way code, or theory test?


What happens on the day?

Dependant on the type of assessment you require. Usually a team consisting of, an occupational therapist and approved driving instructor will be involved in your assessment. We will try our utmost to put you at ease.

Can someone sit in with me on the assessment?

We encourage that you come to the Centre accompanied. It is your choice whether your accompanying person is present in the consultation with you however we cannot permit other persons but the client and staff in the vehicle.

What if I don’t have a driving licence?

As all assessments at our Centre are carried out on UK roads, licence entitlement is required (either full or provisional). If your licence has been revoked by the DVLA or you have surrendered it please contact the DVLA on 0300 790 6806.

Why can’t I use my own vehicle for an assessment?

All the assessments are carried out in the Centre vehicles as they are fitted with dual controls. We have a duty of care to ensure the safety of our clients, staff members and the public.

Where can I get adaptations fitted to my vehicle?

The assessment team will enclose with your report information on adaptations discussed with you during your assessment and also supply the contact details for the adaptations engineers in your local area that can make the modifications to your vehicle, if required

How do I apply?

You can self-refer to our service, an application form can be found on our website or you can get a NHS medical professional to refer you to our service.

What happens afterwards?

After your assessment, you will receive a comprehensive typed report with professional recommendations and advice about what to do next. If the DVLA (Driver vehicle licensing authority) have requested for you to attend an assessment, then the report will be sent to DVLA only.

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