Driving tests: prompt cards to support learner drivers who are deaf
If you are taking your car driving test, your driving examiner can use prompt cards to support you if you’re deaf or have a hearing impairment.
The prompt cards give short written instructions and diagrams so you know what you need to do. Your examiner will not use the cards when the car is moving.
Your driving examiner might arrange to meet you and your driving instructor before the day of your driving test (you’ll need to go to the driving test centre).
During this meeting your examiner will:
- tell you what to expect during the test
- show you the prompt cards and explain how they will use them
- find out what hand gestures you and your driving instructor used during your driving lessons
- reassure you that they’ll use the same hand gestures during the test
If your examiner cannot meet you on a day before your driving test, they will:
- talk to you and your instructor to find out what instructions you received during training and how you wish to communicate - for example, if you want to lip read
- ask you if you know about the prompt cards
If you take a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter with you, your driving examiner will explain their role and how they will be involved during the test.
For the full guide from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) please click here.