Key and Critical workers


As a Key Critical worker you can apply for an emergency theory and driving test while tests are suspended if your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in a critical sector. These include:


Health and social care

All NHS staff, including administrative and cleaning workers. Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, plus support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector. In addition it includes those working in supply chains including producers and distributors of medicines and personal protective equipment.


Education and childcare

Nursery, teachers – including teaching assistants – and social workers.


Key public services

Postal workers, those required to run the justice system, religious staff, as well as those responsible for managing the deceased, and journalists providing public service broadcasting.


Local and national government

Local and national government workers in admin roles “essential to the effective delivery” of the Covid-19 response or delivering essential public services, including payment of benefits.


Food and other necessary goods

Food chain workers, including those involved in production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of goods.


Public safety and national security

Police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilian staff and armed forces personnel, fire and rescue staff, and workers responsible for border security, prisons and probation.


Utility workers

Staff needed to keep oil, gas, electricity, water and sewerage operations running. Staff in the civil nuclear, chemical and telecommunications sectors. Those in postal services and those working to provide essential financial services.



Those keeping air, water, road, and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating. 


To book an emergency theory test



To book an emergency driving tests



Employer ID (NHS etc) or a letter from the pupil’s employer identifying them as a key worker needing driver training at this time or evidence of a confirmed critical worker driving test from DVSA

*Risk assessment (Click here) of each pupil and their training requirements before beginning any on-road training.

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