Why have I been referred for a driving assessment?

You have been referred to the Mobility Centre by the Driver Vehicle Agency (DVA) and the purpose of this assessment is to help you to determine your current and future needs for safe driving.   The Mobility Centre is independent of the Driver Vehicle Agency (we are not a driving test centre) and our aim is to help you to continue/return or learn to drive.

What happens if I have to cancel my appointment (cancellation policy)?

It is important to keep your appointment so that you can return to driving as soon as possible.  If you do need to rearrange an appointment please give 3 working days notice as failure to do so may result in you having to pay the fee for the next appointment.  The charge for this is £100.  If you do not keep an appointment on 2 separate occasions your file will be returned to the DVA and your licence may be revoked/refused.

What does the driving assessment involve? 

The driving assessment will involve:

  • Asking some questions about your relevant medical history
  • Basic visual testing to ensure that the legal visual standards for driving are met.
  • May use equipment to measure areas such as braking, steering, power and reaction times. 
  • An on road driving assessment. Your assessor will fully inform you of what is involved on the day of the assessment.  However if you wish you can discuss the assessment area prior to your assessment by contacting us.

At the assessment centre your assessor will guide you through what is involved in the assessment and answer any questions that you have.  The assessment can take up to two hours.

The driving assessment may take place in one of our vehicles, please contact us to discuss vehicle requirements i.e. manual/automatic if you need to use our vehicle.  Assessments can be carried out in your own vehicle if appropriate and your needs can be discussed upon contacting us.

If you have any concerns prior to the driving assessment please contact the Mobility Centre where one of our driving assessors can discuss these with you.

What happens after my assessment?

  • The assessor will inform you of the outcome on the day and will identify any recommendations or adaptations to your vehicle that you may require to enable you to drive.
  • If you are not happy with the outcome the assessor will explain the procedure for appealing.
  • The assessor will then forward a report on your assessment to the DVA to assist them with their decision regarding your ability to drive.

What do I need to bring?

  • Current driving licence if you have it. Don’t worry if you do not have it as the information we require will come with your file from DVA.
  • Your glasses if required.
  • Current vehicle insurance and MOT if using your own vehicle for the assessment.
  • The enclosed appointment letter with you on the day.


Where can I do my assessment?

The assessment will be carried in one of the following centres:

  • Belfast                         
  • Derry/Londonderry     
  • Downpatrick
  • Carrickfergus
  • Dungannon                 
  • Newry                         
  • Fermanagh
  • Ballymena                   
  • Coleraine                     
  • Omagh

If you have any concerns about driving in an unfamiliar area your driving assessor can discuss the area of the assessment with you.

Before your appointment please confirm your attendance.

Contact us on 028 9029 7877 or e-mail at [email protected]

Please let us know if you require this information in an alternative format or any communication support for your assessment.