Looking to earn your pink licence in or around the area of Galashiels? You’re in luck! You’ve got a practical test centre available in your local area! Galashiels test centre can be found on Croft Street, just off the bustling A7. It’s right in the town centre, so it’s easy to reach for locals and those coming in from further afield.

If you’re looking to learn more about Galashiels test centre and the surrounding area, you’ve come to the right place. Our carefully crafted guide below will walk you through all of the vital information that you need to know.


1 Croft Street Scottish Borders Galashiels Scottish Borders TD1 3BH

Tests Offered at Galashiels

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


No car parking spaces available


There are no toilets available at this centre

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

Haven’t had the chance to look around Galashiels test centre yet? If you don’t fancy waiting for your instructor to take you there, follow these directions with a trusty sat nav to avoid taking a wrong turn. Once you’ve built up familiarity with the area, you can try your hand at heading there without any assistance.

A Bit More About Galashiels

Your driving test route will begin with your driving examiner taking you around the town centre. Galashiels is chock full of supermarkets, takeaways and other local businesses, so it’s bound to get busy, no matter what time of the day your driving test takes place. This means that your observations and blindspot checks will need to be on point. You’ll also need to keep your eyes peeled for any changes to the speed limit, as there’s a variety of local schools, like Galashiels Academy, in the area.

At some point during your test, the examiner will ask you to demonstrate one of the driving test manoeuvres (and, potentially, an emergency stop). They might guide you towards one of the residential roads near Tweedbank or Melrose for you to do this, or they could pick a local car park instead.

The examiner will then guide you onto one of the local A roads so that they can observe how you adapt to different speed and traffic conditions. They might take you along the A7, which is chock full of roundabouts, towards an area like Selkirk. Or, you might end up on the A68 at St Boswells, or the A72 towards Innerleithen. To say they’ve got a lot of choice here would be an understatement!

If you’re bored of learning about the local roads, get to know more about Galashiels in general by checking out these links:

Galashiels Test Pass Rates

In a moment, we’re going to walk you through some general pass rates that might interest you. If you’re looking for more specific ones, however, we’d like to direct you towards the PassMeFast Blog. There, you’ll be able to explore some fascinating reads like why it’s easier to pass at certain test centres and whether or not a learner is ever too old to pass the driving test.

On a general scale, learners in the UK have a 45.9% chance of passing their driving test. Those heading to Galashiels seem to fare better than this, however, as you can see in their pass rates below...

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
56.0% 63.1% 59.6% 55.8% 53.6%

What If I Can't Go To Galashiels? 

If you’re looking to cast your net wider in order to get your hands on an earlier test date, your best bet is to pick a backup test centre. Your closest options include:

What To Expect On The Day

Way to go! You’ve made it to the end of your learning journey! It might have been a painful and challenging experience, but you’re finally test-ready. Now it’s time for you to see if the blood, sweat and tears that you’ve shed have paid off!

Unless you fancy having your test cancelled without a refund, you will need to bring your provisional to Galashiels test centre so that the examiner can confirm your identity. You’ll also need to get there 10 minutes early so that you can park up, meet the examiner and sign a form.

The driving test will then follow this straightforward format:

  • 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 to earn your licence in Galashiels, you’ve come to the right place. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have or haven’t had or what your availability is like, our courses are flexible and designed to suit every learner driver out there.

We’ve got beginner, intermediate and advanced driving courses that can be taken at an intensive or semi-intensive pace. You could be behind the wheel for up to five hours at a time (if you’re keen on passing ASAP), or as little as two hours. You’ll work one-on-one with a DVSA-approved instructor who will help you to grasp everything from clutch control to bay parking. And, to help you avoid long test waiting times, we’ll even fast-track your practical at Galashiels!

Want to know more? Head on over to our course prices page to get a better look at our tailored, crash course packages. Or, you can give our course recommender a whirl. Once you’re ready, you can speak to us directly on 0333 123 4949, or book online!

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