Duns Test Centre

Local learners in the town of Duns will be pleased to know that they don’t have to travel far to take their driving test. Duns test centre can be found on Newton Street, right across from the local police station. It’s centrally located, so whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’ll be able to get there without a hitch. Read on for more information!


Scottish Borders Council
8 Newton Street
Scottish Borders
TD11 3AU

Tests Offered at Duns

– Car

A Bit More About Duns

So, what can you expect from your driving test at Duns test centre? Well, the driving examiner will start things off by guiding you around the town. They might take you down Station Road, for example, which would take you past the busy Knoll Community Hospital Duns—so keep making observations and checking your blindspots for any unexpected vehicles or pedestrians.

There are quite a few compact residential roads scattered throughout the town centre, so you might end up completing one of the driving test manoeuvres in areas such as Glebe Park or Winterfield Gardens. Alternatively, they might pick a local car park, or get you to do it when you’re further afield.

Eventually, the speed will start to pick up as the examiner guides you onto one of the nearby A roads. Where you end up will depend entirely on the test route (which is chosen at random). You could be nudged onto the A6105 towards Chirnsidebridge or Greenlaw, or the A6112 towards Swinton or Coldstream.

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.