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Driving Theory Test Centres in Chesterfield

Chesterfield theory test centre is a great option for those living in the north-eastern sector of Derbyshire and beyond. Situated in the heart of this bustling market town, the theory test centre benefits from a number of convenient transport links and pass rates that sit just above the national average.

Keep reading to discover lots of useful tidbits about the Chesterfield theory test centre. We’re talking wait times, parking spots, local amenities and more!


6-8 Corporation Street Chesterfield Derbyshire S41 7TP

Phone Number

0333 200 1122 Please note: no direct phone number is available for this theory test centre.

Waiting Times

4 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.


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Arriving at Chesterfield Theory Test Centre

By public transport

Thankfully, they haven’t built this theory test centre way out in the sticks. Instead, it’s just across the road from the town’s museum and art gallery. Don’t get distracted by all of the culture on offer, though—you have a test to think about!

If you’re arriving in Chesterfield by train, from Chesterfield station it’s a very simple 5-minute walk across some main roads to get to the test centre. Or, for maximum convenience, you could take a bus. From the Stephenson Place bus stop you need only walk for 1 minute before you arrive at your final destination! 

To find out even more about the transport options available in Chesterfield, visit the Chesterfield Borough Council website.

By car

Those who’ve managed to find someone nice enough to drive them to their test just need to remember the postcode S41 7TP. With that info and the help of a sat nav, you should have no problem finding the test centre.

Chesterfield theory test centre sits just to the side of the A61 (Rother Way). Exit this road at either the A632 or Brewery Street to make your way to Corporation Street.


As per usual, the theory test centre does not provide parking. Don’t scrap your plans to get a lift just yet though. There are a few car parks nearby that offer reasonable rates and a good chance of an empty parking spot.

The closest option is Theatre Lane car park (S41 7TP), which is only a minute away from the test centre and charges a very affordable £2.70 for 2 hours of parking. Failing that, head over to the St Mary’s Gate car park (S41 7TJ). It’s only 3 minutes away from the test centre and charges exactly the same price.

Pass Rates by Year

Chesterfield's pass rates have recently taken a bit of a dip, but are now on the rise. They currently sit just below the national average, which at first glance may put some learners off.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
48.2% 48.2% 49.3% 46.2% 46.7%

While the current stats don't look too promising, in actual fact, they don’t mean that much for individual learners. Doing well on the big day will really be down to the work that you put in.

Guides and Tips

Some people think the theory test is easy-peasy and doesn’t require much preparation. Sadly, this is not even a little bit true. Before heading into the test you should have a strong grasp of driving theory and be ready to spot potential hazards as soon as they appear. Getting to this stage will involve some revision. Check out some of the resources below if you need a bit of extra help.

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Nearby Theory Test Centres

Cropped Google Map with pin over Sheffield theory test centre

3rd Floor, Orchard House
Leopold Street
S1 2GY

10.2 miles away

By rail: Sheffield

2017/18 pass rate: 48.5%

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32-34 Rosemary Street
NG18 1QL

11.1 miles away

By rail: Mansfield

2017/18 pass rate:45.7%

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Don’t show up to your theory test half-asleep and frazzled from all of the traffic you’ve had to navigate. If Chesterfield isn’t your hometown, it might be an idea to stay in a local hotel the night before your test. At least then you can be fresh, alert and ready to ace the test in the morning! Here are some options close to the test centre:

ibis Chesterfield Centre ★★☆☆☆

Just under a 10-minute walk away from the test centre, you’ll find this handy branch of the ibis hotel chain. Along with free WiFi and a clean, comfortable room, you also have the option of free on-site parking—great if you’ve driven down to Chesterfield for the test. Stomach grumbling after all that last-minute revision? Just head over to Fogg’s restaurant on the ground floor, where you can enjoy a range of tasty dishes.

Stephenson Tea and Coffee House Luxury Bed and Breakfast ★★★☆☆

Right around the corner from Chesterfield’s famous crooked spire, sits this delightful little coffee shop that doubles as a luxury B&B. When you’re done stuffing your face with the delicious treats baked downstairs, you can make your way to one of the three lodging rooms upstairs. Each one is unique, tastefully decorated and perfect for a long, relaxing kip.

The Portland Hotel ★★★☆☆

What’s better than a Wetherspoons pub? A Wetherspoons pub that is also a hotel! Yes, The Portland Hotel combines your favourite drinking hole with a great place to crash for the night. Each room is ensuite, with free WiFi and your very own Freeview TV. Best of all, it’s only a 9-minute walk from here to your theory test!

Places to Celebrate

Once the time is up on your theory test, it’s time to let your hair down with a celebratory drink! Seriously, even if you didn’t manage to pass first time, you probably deserve a refreshment of some kind. Before rushing off home, why not see what the town of Chesterfield has to offer? We’ve listed some of our recommendations below.


A hop, skip and a jump across the road from the theory test centre, you’ll stumble upon Einstein’s. This enticing Bavarian beer house and cocktail bar serves up something for everyone. Classic ales, inspired tipples and top quality grub. They describe their food as ‘genius’ and, after a peruse of the menu, you’ll probably agree!

Coco Bar Bistro

Just down the road from the test centre (in the opposite direction of Einstein’s) sits a lovely tapas bistro known as Coco Bar. A mix of both Spanish and British dishes adorn the intriguing menu, so we’d advise trying out a few options in order to get a real feel for the place. Wash it down with some refreshing fizz and you’ll leave a happy camper!

The Market Pub

Sometimes you just fancy a traditional British pub, and The Market Pub on Beetwell Street really fits the bill. Steeped in historical charm, it’s an ideal place to settle down with a pint and relax after a busy day. Even if beer isn’t your thing, The Market Pub has an impressive selection of fine wines and gins on offer. Once the drinks have whetted your appetite, move on to the food menu of tasty British fare!

What Happens Next?

Those who choose to take their theory at the Chesterfield theory test centre will surely not be disappointed with the experience. It’s easy to get to, sits right in the town centre, and enjoys some pretty impressive pass rates.

Theory test completed and ready to move forward? It’s time to book the practical test! We recommend doing this a bit in advance, as wait times can be long and it can be helpful to have a set date to work towards. If you’re from Chesterfield, the nearest practical test centre is right in town!

For those who didn’t manage to pass the theory first time, our best advice is not to give up! In fact, book a new test as soon as possible (leaving a gap of at least 3 working days) and start back up with the revision. At least the second time should be that little bit easier, because you know exactly what to expect.

Wherever you’re up to with learning to drive, PassMeFast can be of service. We have courses to suit all levels of experience, highly experienced driving instructors located across the UK and a team of dedicated CX Advisers who can organise all necessary tests for you.

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