Pwllheli locals don’t have to worry about having to head further afield to take their driving test—they’ve got their very own local test centre! Pwllheli test centre is situated on Cardiff Road, right near Clwb Golff Pwllheli. Though it might not look like much, it can be a challenge if you’re not prepared.

To help make your big day easier, we’ve compiled all of the vital information that you should know before taking your test, including what happens in the driving test, how you can improve your chances of success and much more!


33a Cardiff Road Pwllheli Gwynedd LL53 5NT

Tests Offered at Pwllheli

  • Car
  • ADI part 3


No car park is available at this centre


Male and female toilets are available

Disabled Access

This centre has no wheelchair access

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Heading to Pwllheli test centre for the first time? Instead of trying to wing it, or use road signs when you’re not fully comfortable with them yet, you should use these directions with a sat nav. Once you’re more familiar with the area, you can try getting there without any assistance.

A Bit More About Pwllheli

To make sure that you’re ready to take to the roads unsupervised, your driving examiner will use all of the different road types and traffic conditions that Pwllheli has to offer. Trust us when we tell you that they’ll leave no stone unturned!

Your test route will begin with the examiner guiding you around Pwllheli. The roads here are quite compact, and with the range of local businesses in the area, it’s likely that you’ll encounter heavy road and foot traffic during the busier times of the day. In this area, the examiner will be keeping an eye on your observations, clutch control and hazard awareness skills. Depending on the route, the examiner might have you demonstrate the manoeuvre on one of the roads in the town centre, or in one of its local car parks.

Next, they might take you on the A497 towards Abererch, or on the A499 towards Abersoch. In either case, you’ll be facing rural roads that can get quite narrow, which means you’ll need to be careful with your road positioning and stay alert when approaching bends.

Looking for more general information about Pwllheli? Check out the links below...

Pwllheli Test Pass Rates

If there’s one thing PassMeFast loves as much as helping learners pass the test, it’s driving test pass rates! That’s why we look for trends and patterns in the DVSA’s latest batch of statistics and publish our findings on the PassMeFast Blog. If you’re interested, head over there to look at how pass rates can vary depending on your transmission, why it’s easier to pass at certain test centres and much more!

If you’ve not got the time to look through our findings, we’ll keep it short and sweet. The current national average is 45.9%, but those heading to Pwllheli seem to fare slightly better, as you can see below...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
43.2% 42.3% 39.0% 38.2% 37.7%

What If I Can't Go To Pwllheli? 

Just because Pwllheli might be the most convenient test centre for you to take your test at, doesn’t mean that you have to head there. There are other test centres for you to head to in Gwynedd, including:

What To Expect On The Day

Congratulations! You’re only one step away from getting your pass certificate and posing for your pass photo! All that’s left for you to do is impress the driving examiner and ace the driving test. Piece of cake, right? If you’re not 100% yet, just make your way through our ways to relax before the driving test.

On the day of your test, you and your instructor will get to Pwllheli test centre ten minutes before your test is due to start. You’ll then meet the examiner in the reception area. Here, you’ll show them your provisional and sign a form. This will then allow you to proceed with the driving test.

It will follow this basic structure:

  • 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

Want to get out onto the roads around Pwllheli? Tired of being the last person you know to get your full licence? PassMeFast is here to help! Our intensive and semi-intensive courses can help you get test-ready in weeks, beat long waiting times and secure an earlier test date.

It all starts with you telling our customer experience team whether you’re like to learn in a manual or an automatic car, what date you’d like to pass by, when you’re free for lessons and where you’d like to get picked up and dropped off. Once we’ve got all of your preferences sorted out, we’ll fast-track your test at Pwllheli and match you up with a local ADI. You can then focus on developing your skills and building up your familiarity with the roads around Pwllheli test centre.

Ready to try the PassMeFast approach? Pick out your ideal course via our course prices page, or try out our course recommender tool. You can then book in over the phone on 0333 123 4949, or book online.

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