Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

What we will do for you

We employ people across Great Britain as driving examiners, and in a variety of inspection, technical, managerial and support roles.

Types of jobs we have

We employ around 4,600 people in various roles, including:

  • driving examiners carrying out driving tests
  • vehicle standards assessors and inspectors working in testing facilities carrying out vehicle tests
  • traffic examiners working in enforcement, checking vehicles comply with road safety rules and regulations
  • professional and administrative staff working in our administrative offices, and in our customer service, licensing, and training centres

Life At Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

Equality and diversity

As a public body, we publish regular information about what our equality objectives are and how we’re meeting them.

Equality objectives

We have been formed by the merger of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA). We’re still working to the equality objectives from those agencies at the moment. They’ll then be replaced with a new set of objectives for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

We publish:

  • equality objectives (every 4 years)
  • reports showing how we’re meeting our equality responsibilities (once a year)

Reports about equality

We publish an analysis of staff diversity in DVSA each year.

We also publish impact assessments. These look at the impact our proposals to change services will have on people in these ‘protected characteristics’ groups:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender
  • gender reassignment
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • pregnancy
  • maternity

Working for DVSA – what do you get from us?

Besides the opportunity to make a real difference to road safety, crime and the environment, there are many other benefits of working for the DVSA including a permanent contract of employment

Main terms and conditions

Contract Tenure
The roles are permanent positions subject to satisfactory completion of a 9 months probationary period.

Reward and Recognition
Full details are available in the Candidate Information Packs.

DVSA values its employees and recognises exceptional performance and contribution through its Special Performance Bonuses and DVSA Values scheme.

All salaries and allowances are subject to review.

As a member of the Civil Service, all employees are eligible for a range of competitive occupational pension schemes and stakeholder pensions proving their flexibility to choose the pension that suits their particular circumstances. For further information please visit the Civil Service Pensions website.

Working hours and leave
Annual leave: 25 days holiday per year with 1 additional day for each year of service up to a maximum of 30 days, 1 privilege day and 8 days public bank holidays. Employees will work 37 hours per week excluding lunch breaks, Monday to Friday. The number of hours for full time staff will remain 37 net. For shift-working posts you will be working shifts as outlined on the shift rota for your region.

Travel expenses
DVSA has a Travel and Subsistence policy which means you will be reimbursed for day to day travel expenses incurred on DVSA’s business.

Vehicle Standards Assessors have the option of a lease car that can be used for personal use (by both you and your spouse or partner) as well as travelling to work locations.

Other Benefits

Training and Development
DVSA offers first-class training and development for all its employees. Newly appointed staff will undergo a range of both technical and soft skills courses over a 16 – 20 week period. During this period, your time will be spent at both national training centres and the local network you have chosen to be based in.

Reflecting DVSA’s commitment to ongoing employee development, all employees will meet with their line managers on a regular basis to discuss performance and development. All employees will receive quarterly performance reviews including an annual review at the end of the reporting year. All new employees will have interim reports during their probationary period.

Employee Assistance Programme
DVSA takes employee well-being seriously and has an excellent Employee Assistance Programme available to employees and immediate family members living in their household. The free independent and completely confidential service offers information, support and counselling and can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The information service covers a huge range of issues of both a practical and personal nature including legal, financial and child/eldercare. The service can be assessed by telephone or on-line and is there to help DVSA employees with whatever life throws at them.

More About Us

What we do

We improve road safety in Great Britain by setting standards for driving and motorcycling, and making sure drivers, vehicle operators and MOT garages follow roadworthiness standards. We also provide a range of licensing, testing, education and enforcement services.


We are responsible for:

  • improving driving skills by setting standards for driving, riding and training and testing people to those standards
  • regulating standards of driving and riding instructors and making sure they’re approved to provide the right types of training
  • regulating the MOT scheme so that garages keep up the right standards to keep vehicles safe on the roads
  • making sure commercial vehicle operators, their drivers and their vehicles meet roadworthiness standards and follow safety rules
  • approving the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence courses that lorry, bus and coach drivers have to take to stay driving legally
  • providing advice, information and education for motorists to help keep all road users safe
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