We are the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, and we are 1 of the 5 executive agencies that make up the Department for Transport.

We employ about 4,600 people across Great Britain to help us achieve our mission of keeping Britain moving, safely and sustainably.

What we do at DVSA

Choosing a career with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is one of the most fulfilling decisions you could make. The work we do is varied, exciting and makes a real difference to people living in the UK.

We carry out driving tests, approve people to be driving instructors and MOT testers, carry out tests to make sure lorries and buses are safe to drive, carry out roadside checks on drivers and vehicles, and monitor vehicle recalls.

Our work is split into three themes:

  1. Helping you through a lifetime of safe driving
  2. Helping you keep your vehicle safe to drive
  3. Protecting you from unsafe drivers and vehicles

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DVSA’s Responsibilities

Great Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world, but every death and accident on the roads causes disruption, devastation and distress.

We want to stop them from happening. That’s why our vision is for safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer journeys for all.

We do this by:

  • carrying out theory and driving tests for people who want to drive cars, motorcycles, lorries, buses, coaches, and specialist vehicles.
  • approving people to be driving instructors and motorcycle trainers, making sure they provide good-quality training.
  • approving people to be MOT testers and the centres they work in. We also test lorries, buses and coaches ourselves.
  • carrying out roadside checks on commercial drivers to make sure they follow safety rules and keep their vehicles safe to drive.
  • monitoring recalls of vehicles, parts and accessories to make sure that manufacturers fix problems quickly.
  • approving training courses for qualified drivers, such as Driver Certificate of Professional Competence for coach and lorry drivers, and drink-drive rehabilitation courses.
  • supporting the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain and Northern Ireland transport regulator, registering local bus services and licensing and monitoring companies who operate lorries, buses and coaches.
  • A young female standing alongside a black, L-plated car.

    1.9 million driving tests carried out

  • A young male in black clothes and a hat, conducting an MOT on a car with an open bonnet.

    39.1 million MOT certificates issued

  • DfT staff members standing in front of the DVSA office poster-wall.

    2.1 million theory tests carried out

  • DVSA member of staff standing in front of a DVSA car.

    29,000 serious roadworthiness defects detected

Attend a DVSA Virtual Event

DVSA host a variety of events, from ‘open days’ to ‘meet the team’ sessions, where you can learn more about roles and get to know the people you’ll work with.

To see all upcoming DVSA virtual events, visit our Eventbrite page by clicking below:

You can make a difference at DVSA

Whether you’re at the start of your career, an experienced professional or want a change of career, we have a range of roles to suit your aspirations.

Around 4,600 people work at DVSA in a variety of interesting and rewarding roles. Check out some of our roles below:

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Driving Examiner

As a Driving Examiner, your knowledge, skills and judgement will determine if a learner driver is ready and safe to take to the roads alone

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Customer Service Centre

As a Customer Service Centre Agent, you will provide high-quality support and guidance to our range of customers on a wide variety of topics

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Vehicle Standards Assessor

As a Vehicle Standards Assessor, you will conduct technical examinations on vehicles to ensure they meet legal roadworthiness requirements

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Traffic Examiner

As a Traffic Examiner, you will conduct inspections of vehicle types and drivers hours in a variety of locations including the roadside and customers premises

Vehicle Examiner

Vehicle Examiner

As a Vehicle Examiner, you will conduct inspections of various types of vehicles in a variety of locations including the roadside, MOT garages and customers premises


At DVSA Digital there are a variety of technical roles that contribute to the design and delivery of high-profile digital services used by millions of people each year

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Bring your whole self to work

Our people are our main asset. Their commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism are critical to our success in helping everyone stay safe on Britain’s roads.

 We aim to:

  • provide a workplace where our people are engaged in their work
  • be an inclusive, supportive employer with a workforce that reflects the communities we serve
  • be a forward-thinking organisation that welcomes innovative ideas and empowers staff to make the right decisions
  • be a place where people are actively encouraged and supported in their learning
  • be a digitally enabled and data driven organisation whose people embrace change and continuous improvement
Two DVSA staff standing near a "Bring your whole self to work" DVSA sign from an event advocating equality and diversity.

At DVSA, you can bring your whole self to work. We value equality and diversity in our workforce, and we’re committed to the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. We aim to be an organisation where fairness and equal opportunity is central to our culture.

Different people, one team

As well as being a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to be members of the Business Disability Forum and the Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse.

To support DVSA in becoming a more inclusive employer we have eight staff network groups. They’re run by colleagues who understand the experiences of staff with certain characteristics. They exist to make the voices, talents and concerns of their members heard and seen.

The groups help to make DVSA a more inclusive place to work, by influencing and developing policy. And they promote a culture of inclusion, allowing colleagues to bring the best of their whole self to work.

Our Staff Network Groups:

  • Multigenerational (Age)
  • PRIDE (Sexual Orientation)
  • Time 2 Care (Carers)
  • Enabled (Disability)
  • EmbRACE (Race)
  • Womens Integrated Network (Gender)
  • Faith & Belief (Faith, belief & non belief)
  • Social Mobility (Social mobility)

All the networks groups have their own objectives but work to an agreed set of principles:

  • To provide constructive criticism and insight from their area of expertise on policy and practice through DVSA’s equality screening process.
  • To feed back areas of concern on inclusion issues affecting DVSA.
  • To promote the equality, diversity and inclusion work of the Agency.

The benefits of working for Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

We look after our people! You’ve got lots to offer us – and we’ve got lots to offer you in return.

As an employee at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency you’ll have access to one of the most competitive pension schemes in the UK. We also offer lots of incentives to help you maintain the perfect work-life balance.

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    • 25 days annual leave, increasing by one a day a year up to 30 days
    • Civil Service Pension with an employer contribution of at least 30.3%
    • flexible working including part-time working and job sharing
    • help and support with your home / work life balance
    • tax-free childcare
    • at least 5 training days a year to support your learning and development
    • apprenticeships in a range of areas – from providing services to the public, to expert corporate services.
    • season ticket loan for travel
    • cycle to work scheme
    • special performance rewards
    • physiotherapy scheme with a free assessment and up to 5 free sessions
    • money off and cashback offers
    • 3 days paid leave a year for voluntary work
    • study leave
    • gym membership discounts

Your health and well-being

We are committed to taking care of your long-term health and well-being. When you work for us, we’ll make you feel part of something special. We’re an organisation where you can make a real difference, where colleagues become friends, where you can fulfil your potential, and directly contribute to achieving safer journeys for all.

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    With a career at DVSA, you’ll be eligible for:

    • free flu jab each year
    •  free eyesight test
    • access to a team of mental health first aiders and wellbeing champions
    • support for workplace adjustments
    • our employee assistance programme, which offers counselling, legal information, debt and money management support services to all staff
    • in-house team of trained mediators
    • help and support from the Charity for Civil Servants
    • Health Screening
    • Physiotherapy scheme with a free assessment and up to 5 free sessions

Developing your career

No matter what job you do for DVSA, we are fully committed to your personal development. You’ll agree your personal development plan with your manager, so you’re clear on what skills you need to work on for your current role, and to develop your career. And as an employee of DVSA, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a range of talent schemes to increase your skills, knowledge and confidence.

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    You’ll get at least 5 days a year to devote to your learning and development. Including:

    • Training courses
    • On-the-job learning
    • Qualifications and accreditation
    • Job shadowing
    • eLearning
    • Coaching and mentoring

Apprenticeships at DVSA

Here at DVSA we are committed to developing our staff and supporting them to reach their full potential. Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for our people to grow their skills, develop and learn, whilst working within an innovative organisation, committed to Keeping Britain’s Roads Safe.

Apprenticeships are enabling DVSA to create a diverse and skilled workforce, helping staff to discover their talent and receive recognised qualifications.

We offer a variety of Apprenticeships from Level 3 to Level 7 in a multitude of professions where you will be fully supported.

No matter what you do or where you start, have a look at what apprenticeships can do for you.

DVSA Digital have launched their Apprenticeship Academy!

Two of our apprentices, Tia and Trust have written about their experience below:

DVSA apprentice, Tia Bailey

DVSA apprentice, Tia Bailey

“I have almost completed my second year as a Vehicle Standards Assessor Apprentice. When I applied for this role, I was working at Asda…”

DVSA apprentice, Trust Dube

DVSA apprentice, Trust Dube

“I joined the Training and Development team in September 2018 as a Solutions Specialist apprentice. I had previously worked as part…”

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