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 Dumfries and Galloway DG1 2SH

Tests Offered at Dumfries

  • Car
  • Motorcycle module 2


Car parking is available


Male, female and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access

You can get into the test centre in a wheelchair

Phone Number

0138 7254431

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Once you start lessons with a local ADI, they’ll take you around Dumfries test centre to build up your familiarity with the roads likely to show up on your route. If you’re eager to take a look around before this, however, avoid taking a wrong turn by using these simple directions.

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!

Looking for more general information about Dumfries? Way ahead of you! Check out these handy links:

Dumfries Test Pass Rates

If you like looking at statistics, and you’ve got the time, we’d recommend heading over to the PassMeFast Blog. There, you’ll find interesting trends and patterns that have emerged from our analysis of the DVSA’s latest statistics, including the average number of attempts it takes to pass the test, why pass rates are higher at certain test centres and more!

If you’ve not got the time, we’ll keep things brief. The current national average in the UK is 45.9%, but those heading to Dumfries seem to fare slightly better, as you can see below...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
50.0% 50.0% 50.8% 46.1% 46.7%

What If I Can't Go To Dumfries? 

Not keen on Dumfries test centre, or are you trying to avoid long test waiting times? Whatever the reason is, there are plenty of other test centres to head to. If you’re sticking close to Dumfries, your closest options are:

What To Expect On The Day

After spending hours crying over tricky junctions and wrapping your head around the advanced manoeuvres, you’re finally test-ready. You didn’t think you’d ever reach this point, but you have—and you should give yourself a big pat on the back! All that’s left to do now is impress the examiner and fly through the driving test. Piece of cake!

On the day of your test, get to Dumfries test centre ten minutes early with your provisional licence. You’ll then meet the examiner, show them your provisional and sign a form. The driving test will then start!

It 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

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

If you’re looking for a driving school that offers flexibility and choice with its driving lessons, you don’t have to look further than PassMeFast. We pride ourselves on being able to offer courses that suit practically every learner, regardless of how much experience they’ve had in the past.

Lessons with PassMeFast can be taken intensively, in as little as a few days, or more spaced out if you’ve got a busy schedule. Plus, they can be taken in a manual or an automatic car. You’ll work with a DVSA-approved instructor in the Dumfries area to build up your familiarity with the local roads and master the skills needed to fly through the driving test. We’ll even fast-track your test so that you’ve got a date to work towards!

Raring to go? Get the ball rolling by figuring out how many hours you need on our course prices page. If you’d like to discuss your options, we’d be more than happy to help. Simply give us a call on 0333 123 4949. Alternatively, if you’ve already made up your mind, book online instead!

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