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.

Before your big day arrives, get better acquainted with Duns test centre, and the driving test, by reading our comprehensive guide below. We’ll walk you through contact details, pass rates and much more!


Scottish Borders Council 8 Newton Street Duns Scottish Borders TD11 3AU

Tests Offered at Duns

  • Car


No car parking spaces available


Only male toilets are available

Disabled Access

Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability

Phone Number

0189 6754540

Check the book your driving test service for availability.

How To Get There

Once you get started with your driving lessons, your instructor will take you up to Duns test centre so that you can get a feel for the area. If you’re planning to take a look around before this happens, though, be sure to use these directions so that you end up in the right place!

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.

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Duns Test Pass Rates

Panicking about your big day? Feel like you’re going to fail? Looking at driving test pass rates might help!

At the moment, learners in the UK have a 45.9% chance of passing their test. Not feeling inspired? As you can see in the table below, learners heading to Duns seem to perform much better than this national average...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
58.3% 69.7% 72.7% 68.5% 69.0%

What If I Can't Go To Duns? 

Though Duns test centre might be the most convenient option for you if you’re a local learner, it’s not your only option. You’ve got other nearby alternatives, including:

What To Expect On The Day

Congratulations! You’ve made your way through your driving lessons and you’re finally test-ready. That’s certainly no easy feat, so you should be very proud of yourself. All you need to do now is impress the driving examiner by highlighting your exceptional driving capabilities.

On the day of your test, you will need to arrive at Duns test centre ten minutes before your appointment starts. Once you’ve parked up, you’ll need to meet the examiner and show them your provisional to confirm your identity. Then, you’ll sign a quick form and your driving test will officially 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

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