Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) Consultation – Changing the cost of driving tests and vehicle tests

Closed 3 Aug 2023

Opened 8 Jun 2023


This consultation proposes an increase to the fees for some services provided by the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA). These include:

  • practical driving tests
  • vehicle tests for roadworthiness and roadside enforcement

The fees for practical driving tests have largely stayed the same for almost 15 years while most vehicle test fees have remained the same for over 18 years.

The income DVA receives from fees must cover the costs of the services provided. Taxpayers do not generally fund DVA services. The proposed increase in fees will help DVA cover the costs of providing existing services and future investments to improve these services.

The DVA welcomes your views on the proposed fee increases.

The consultation document and associated documents can also be made available in alternative formats on request. Please contact 

You should note that individual responses will not be published and a summary report will only reflect the opinions received in general terms. For information regarding the Departmental Privacy Notice following the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) please go to: DfI Privacy. The Privacy Notice explains how we will use personal information as part of the processing of responses. 

Please respond via the link below:

What happens next

The consultation responses will be considered before final decisions are taken on fee increases.

We will publish the outcome of this consultation on the NI Direct website.




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