Nelson driving test centre can be found in a quiet business estate on Commercial Road. Though small in size, this driving test centre oversees the tests of hundreds of learners in Lancashire each month. If you're heading here to put your newfound driving skills to the test, get to know a bit more about it. Read on for directionspass ratestest routes and much more about Nelson.


Ground Floor Units 103, 104, 105 Pendle Business Centre, Commercial Road Nelson Lancashire BB9 9BT

Tests Offered at Nelson

  • Car
  • ADI part 2
  • ADI part 3


Car parking spaces are available


Male and disabled toilets are available

Disabled Access


Phone Number

0128 2612399

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Learners certainly won't struggle with finding Nelson test centre. Situated in the centre of Nelson itself—right next to the busy A682—Nelson is easy to find and accessible to all learners located in and around Nelson. If you've not had the chance to look around yet, just follow these directions to get there hassle-free. 

A Bit More About Nelson

Nelson driving test centre was carefully located to ensure that it was close to enough varied road types and conditions. Examiners need to be sure that candidates are ready to take to the roads in the Burnley area alone, so they'll be pitting learners against every road type that Nelson has to offer—from high-speed A roads to tricky junctions. Want to get to know the Nelson area in general? Simply check out these links:

Nelson Test Route

Although you won't be able to look at up-to-date test routes—with the DVSA no longer publishing them—you can still see which roads might show up by looking at videos of Nelson test routes on YouTube or by downloading our sample Nelson driving test routes. If you're learning with a local ADI, they'll be more than familiar with the roads that are likely to feature on your test—having you honing your skills on them in time for your practical. 

Nelson Test Pass Rates

Want to know how other learner drivers perform on their driving test? Well, the current national average pass rate stands at a relatively reasonable 45.9%. As for learners at Nelson test centre, you can see pass rates from the last five years below...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
46.7% 53.7% 53.2% 50.2% 48.1%

The pass rates at Nelson have been higher than than the national average in recent years, so there’s not too much to worry about.

What If I Can’t Go To Nelson?

Nelson isn’t the only practical test centre in Lancashire that you can head to. If you’re looking for an alternative, you might want to check out Blackburn with Darwen or Preston.

What To Expect On The Day

Once you’ve finished your driving lessons, you’ll be set go with your practical. Don’t worry if you’re suffering from test day nerves, you’ll be just fine. On the day, remember to take your provisional licence with you to Nelson test centre—get there 10 minutes early. The practical will then proceed with: 

  • 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

If you hate waiting for test results, you’re in luck—you get yours as soon as you get back to Nelson test centre. The examiner will walk you through any driving test faults you made with a feedback sheet. If your hard work has paid off, you’ll pass and get a test pass certificate. You’ll also be asked if you want to send off for your new licence. 

But What If I Fail?

You’d be surprised at the number of learner drivers who fail their driving test—whether it’s two, three or more attempts, some people need a few tries before they get it just right. You just need to work on your weaker areas before you go in for another test.

PassMeFast can do all of the heavy lifting for you and get you booked in for ASAP. And if you need to build up your confidence, you could even complete one of our refresher courses. Simply give us a quick call on 0333 123 4949 or contact us online to get started today.

Improve Your Chances With PassMeFast

If you’ve taken driving lessons before, they’ve probably been spread out over weeks or even months. The difficulty with this method of learning is that you end up spending most of your lesson refreshing the skills you learnt in your previous lesson. PassMeFast wants to get you on the road as soon as possible, which is why we offer intensive and semi-intensive crash courses. 

Don’t waste your time with traditional lessons—take an intensive course and get on the road fast. For more information, take a look at our course prices page. Give us a call on 0333 123 4949 or book a course online to get started.