Documents Theory Test 2024

The Documents Theory Test consists of 30 questions.
You need 26 out of 30 (86%) to pass. There is no time limit for this test.
Click here to read our Documents Theory Test revision notes.

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Having the correct paperwork is very important, especially documents relating to insurance, MOT certificates and vehicle registration.

General Advice

  • If the police ask for your documents and you don’t have them with you, you may be asked to take them to a police station within 7 days
  • A Statutory Off Road Notice informs the DVLA that a vehicle is not being used on the road and is valid for 12 months
  • If you amass six penalty points within two years of passing your practical test, your licence is no longer valid and you have to re-apply for a provisional and start the process again

Learner Drivers

  • Must have a signed, valid provisional licence to drive on the road
  • Anybody supervising a learner driver must be at least 21 years old and have held a full licence for at least three years

Vehicle Excise Duty (Road Tax)

  • You must have valid insurance to renew your road tax
  • If your vehicle is more than three years old, you must have an MOT certificate before renewing your road tax

Pass Plus Scheme

  • Pass Plus is a practical training course that takes at least 6 hours and is for drivers to improve their skills and drive more safely
  • Undertaking this course may reduce the cost of your insurance

Vehicle Registration Document

  • This shows the registered keeper, the make of the vehicle and engine size
  • It needs to be updated if you change address
  • The registered keeper is responsible for updating any details

Licensing Authority

  • You must contact them if you change your vehicle, name or address
  • You should let them know if your health affects your driving or if your eyesight no longer meets the set standard

MOT Certificate

  • A certificate is required for all cars older than three years
  • It is valid for one year from date of issue
  • If you drive without an MOT certificate, your insurance will not be valid
  • You cannot renew your road tax without an MOT certificate
  • The only time you are allowed to drive without an MOT certificate, is if you are on your way to an appointment at an MOT centre


  • All drivers must have valid motor insurance and must show it to the police if asked to do so
  • A cover note confirms that insurance has been agreed before you receive the official certificate
  • The legal minimum insurance cover is 3rd party only
  • The maximum fine for having no insurance is £5000
  • If you are driving another person’s car, always ensure you are insured to drive it

Documents Theory Test Tips

The only way to pass the questions in this section is to read the rules several times to commit them to memory.