Dumfries Test Centre

If you’re a Dumfries local, you’ll be able to take your driving test close to home. Situated in the town centre, on Brooms Road, Dumfries test centre oversees hundreds of driving tests each year, and has crushed the hopes and dreams of many learners. If you’d like to give yourself the best chance possible of passing, we’re here to help!

Our comprehensive test centre guide below will take you through all of the vital information you need to know about Dumfries test centre and the actual driving test. Keep reading to get the full lowdown!


161 Brooms Road
Dumfries & Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway

Tests Offered at Dumfries

– Car
– Motorcycle module 2

A Bit More About Dumfries

The roads around Dumfries test centre are chock full of local businesses, so you’re likely to face heavy foot and road traffic during rush hour. This means that you could end up dealing with a lot of stop-start traffic, which means your clutch control will need to be on point. With the high number of pedestrians out and about in the town centre, you’ll also need to keep making your observations and checking your blindspots on a regular basis.

You might end up demonstrating your manoeuvre in one of the many local car parks in Dumfries, or on the roads close to Summerhill. Eventually, the examiner will guide you onto one of the local A roads. Depending on the route, this means you could end up on the A75 towards Annan, or the A709 towards Lockerbie. Don’t worry if this sounds a bit intimidating. As long as you take lessons with a DVSA-approved instructor, it doesn’t matter what roads you’re on—you’ll be more than prepared for what comes your way!

What To Expect On The Day

After hours of driving lessons, your test date is finally upon you. Talk about nerve-wracking. If your confidence isn’t quite where you hoped it would be, we’d advise you to read up on our top six ways to relax before your driving test.

Before you jet out of the front door on your big day, there’s one important question you need to ask yourself: do you have your provisional licence? If the answer’s no, you can wave goodbye to taking your test. You need to have your provisional licence with you to take the driving test, otherwise you will be turned around, so double-check you’ve got it before you leave. Additionally, you’ll want to get to the test centre 10 minutes before your test is due to start.

Your driving test will consist of:

– An eyesight test, where you’ll need to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres
– Two “show me, tell me” questions covering vehicle safety and maintenance
– Twenty minutes of general driving, where you’ll be guided by the examiner, and will also need to perform one of the following manoeuvres:
Parallel parking
Bay parking
Pulling up on the right
– Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

Once you get back to the test centre and park your car, the test will officially end. The examiner will then walk you through the feedback sheet and list any driving test faults, whether they are minors or majors, that you may have accumulated. If you fail, keep hold of this sheet as it can be used to help you figure out which areas you need to improve on for your next test attempt. If you pass, you’ll also be handed a test pass certificate.

But What If I Fail?

Like any other test you take in life, if all doesn’t go according to plan with your driving test and you end up failing, it’s as simple as trying again. Of course, we don’t recommend just heading back in without any preparation. Instead, take some time to improve on the areas in which you picked up the most faults in. The best way to do this is by taking a refresher course with an instructor. They’ll be able to give you pointers to ensure you don’t trip up on them again.