In short, yes. It is illegal for anyone to impersonate the named driver and take the practical driving test, the theory test or both. This may seem like a very obvious answer, but there are people who get, or in some cases, pay, other people to take parts of their driving test for them.
This isn’t a great idea, not only due to the penalties that exist for those who decide to impersonate drivers and the drivers themselves; there is also the danger aspect to it. Driving tests are designed to see whether people are safe to drive on the roads and not endanger the lives of other drivers, other road users and pedestrians. Getting someone else to take the test for you means that there is no way of knowing if you are actually going to be a danger and end up getting other people killed.
Those who have impersonated named drivers during the practical driving test, the theory test or both and the named drivers can face criminal conviction, trial in the criminal courts and prison sentences.
If the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) or the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) suspect that a named driver is being impersonated, then they will investigate immediately. If you know of or suspect that someone is impersonating a driver then you should report it to the DVSA. Also if you are approached by anyone offering to take either part of your driving license for you, you should report it immediately to the DVSA.
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