Learner drivers can find Darlington test centre just off Yarm Road. Mere minutes from the town centre, and close to the bustling A66, Darlington test centre is easy to reach for learners in and around County Durham. If you’ve not had the chance to familiarise yourself with this test centre just yet, our comprehensive guide is the thing for you! Below, you’ll find directionspass ratestest routes and much more!


Dvsa High Point Business Park, Yarm Road Darlington County Durham DL1 4PW

Tests Offered at Darlington

  • Car
  • Motorcycle module 1
  • Motorcycle module 2
  • Lorries, large vehicles and buses
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3



Male, female and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0132 5485154

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

If you live in or close to Darlington, you’re in luck. It couldn’t be simpler to get to your local test centre. All you’ve got to do is follow Yarm Road. Don’t fret if you’re not so conveniently located. The test centre is close to roads like the A66, A68 and A1, so you won’t struggle finding it. Of course, if you’re not sure which route is best, we’d advise using these directions with your sat nav.

A Bit More About Darlington

As you’re probably aware, your driving test will involve you following a test route on the roads around your chosen test centre. So, what does this mean for learners heading to Darlington test centre? For starters, if you’ve got a fear of roundabouts, you might want to master them with your instructor before you go in for your practical—you’ll have to tackle quite a few along the A66. There’s even one right outside the test centre on Yarm Road! With a relatively even mix of busy roads like the A167 and A68, not to mention quieter residential areas, learners taking their test here will have to pay close attention to the change in speed and traffic systems.

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Darlington Test Route

Though you might have heard differently from other learner drivers, it’s actually impossible to get your hands on your exact test route. The whole point of the practical test is its unpredictability, after all. That being said, the route you follow will be similar to those your instructor will show you during your driving lessons in the Darlington area. Whilst you can’t find out exactly what will happen on your test, you can dispel some of the mystery by watching videos of Darlington test routes on YouTube, or by downloading our sample Darlington driving test routes.

Darlington Test Pass Rates

After getting to the end of your driving course, you might be wondering what your chances of passing actually are. Thanks to the DVSA releasing its driving test pass rates, we can give you an answer. For starters, the national average pass rate stands at 45.9%. Don’t worry, though: we can narrow things down even further. In fact, we’ve compiled Darlington test centre’s pass rates from the last five years in the table below.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
48.3% 50.0% 49.2% 51.5% 51.5%

It’s not looking too bad at Darlington test centre. With pass rates well above the national average, you can rest easy. Of course, we like to warn all of our learners to not depend entirely on a test centre’s pass rates. After all, the examiner is basing their mark on your performance, not those of other learners at the test centre!

What If I Can’t Go To Darlington?

If Darlington test centre is no longer a good fit for you, or if you’re trying to find a backup test centre in order to increase your chances of finding a good test date, you’ve got plenty of options. If you’re looking to stick to County Durham, Hartlepool is your nearest option. Alternative test centres include Middlesbrough in North Yorkshire.

What To Expect On The Day

After spending hours and hours learning to master clutch control, or figuring out how to tackle tricky junctions, your lessons are finally at an end. Though it might not seem like it, you’re now ready to take that one last step towards becoming a fully qualified driver: the driving test.

No matter how eager you are to speed towards Darlington test centre, make sure you check you’ve got your provisional before you head out of your front door. You’ll also need to get to the 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:
  • Twenty minutes of independent driving, during which you’ll either follow sat nav directions or sign posts to reach a set destination

You can finally let out a sigh of relief once you’ve parked back up at Darlington test centre. You’ll be pleased to hear that you’ll only have to wait for a couple of minutes to get your result. Whether you pass or fail, you’ll also receive a full breakdown of any faults you might have accumulated in a physical feedback sheet, or by email via the driving test app.

But What If I Fail?

As you’d probably expect, failing your driving test can be a pretty upsetting experience. After all, you’ve put in a lot of time and effort. However, the secret is not to get yourself down about it. After all, less than half of learners pass first time! Instead, this is the time to buckle down and try again.

If you’re raring to go, and don’t fancy dealing with long waiting times, PassMeFast can fast-track your test and find a date suited to your availability. If you’ve still got a few bad habits to shake off, a quick refresher course will get your confidence back up in no time. To get booked in, simply give us a bell on 0333 123 4949, or contact us online.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

If you’re eager to take on the roads around the Darlington area, you’ve come to the right place. That’s because PassMeFast’s intensive and semi-intensive courses are available across County Durham! If you choose to book a course with us, you’ll work side-by-side with a local ADI who will help you master all the skills you need to become a safe and confident driver. We’ll even fast-track your test so that you’re not waiting around!

If you’re looking to get started ASAP, have a gander at our course prices page. Once you’re ready to move things along, simply give us a call on 0333 123 4949, or book online.