Driving Theory Test Centres in Chelmsford

This handy little theory test centre is located just across the road from the High Chelmer shopping centre in Chelmsford. Skip the crowds, avoid the traffic and take your test in relative peace! OK, so it’s not exactly tumbleweed territory, but it is quieter than the town centre and you still get all the commuting benefits of being close to major transport links.

In this guide we’ll explore all of the necessary details for learner drivers, including wait times, contact details and pass rates. Enjoy!


Saxon House 27 Duke Street Chelmsford Essex CM1 1HT

Phone Number

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


Arriving at Chelmsford Theory Test Centre

By public transport

Heading to your theory test by rail? Good news! The theory test centre is just outside Chelmsford train station, so you will be able to make it with plenty of time to spare.

If the train isn't for you, then taking the bus is another option. Getting off at the Railway Station stop is your best bet, and again, the test centre is a stown's throw away.

If you’d like to learn more about Chelmsford’s transport options, head over to the Essex County Council’s website.

By car

Those deciding to skip public transport altogether and catch a lift to the test centre should be able to find it fairly easily. Save yourself the hassle of searching for a map and simply type CM1 1HT into a satnav.


As per usual, the theory test centre does not provide on-site parking. If the person driving you is planning to stick around to take you back home, they’re best off heading to the Townfield Street car park (CM1 1QX), which is just 3 minutes away. It charges £3 for 2 hours of parking and has over 700 spaces, so you're sure to find a spot.

Pass Rates by Year

The pass rate at Chelmsford theory test centre are fairly impressive, if not a little up and down. Plus, it has to be noted that they are consistently above average.

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
51.6% 51.5% 52.8% 50.9% 52.0% 59.8% 56.6%

High pass rates are all well and good, but they actually have very little impact on the performance of the individuals rocking up to these test centres. The likelihood of you passing first time largely depends on how much preparation you do.

Guides and Tips

What should you do to prepare for a test? Revise, of course! Yes, the theory test is no different to any other exam (unfortunately!). Make sure you read the highway code, study your traffic signs and practice your hazard perception skills. Make use of the revision aids we’ve listed below and you’ll feel super confident when the big day arrives!

Ready to Go?

Nearby Theory Test Centres


Nothing sets you up for a great day like a decent night’s sleep. For those who are heading to Chelmsford from out of town for the theory test, it might be an idea to stay in a local hotel. No one wants to be worrying about traffic and getting lost the night before an important test! Check out some nearby hotels below.

Travelodge Chelmsford ★★☆☆☆

It's not the most glamorous place you'll ever stay, but for the price and convenient location you can’t really complain. It’s just a 19-minute walk or 3 minutes in a taxi from the test centre, so there should be no rushing around in the morning! All rooms include a shower and 30 minutes of free WiFi.

Premier Inn Chelmsford City Centre ★★★☆☆

This Premier Inn is kitted out with all of the amenities you would expect and won’t break the bank. Rooms come with luxury bedding, free WiFi and a power shower that is sure to leave you squeaky clean. Everything you need for a flying visit. The hotel is also right outside the test centre, so you can afford an extra few minutes in bed.

County Hotel Chelmsford ★★★★☆

Fancy folk may prefer to check in at the County Hotel. With both standard and premium rooms on offer, you decide on the level of luxury and the staff will do everything they can to make your stay a pleasant one. There’s even free parking available—a major plus if you’re staying with the person who was nice enough to give you a lift!

Places to Celebrate

Once you’ve completed your theory test you don’t necessarily have to rush off home. If you fancy a drink or bite to eat in the local area, Chelmsford has more than a few suitable options. We’ve done some digging and created a shortlist for you to try out:

The Bootmaker Bar

Located on the actual site of an old bootmaker shop, this contemporary bar is a delightful place to grab a drink and watch the world go by. The food menu is eclectic and it’s definitely worth sampling more than one dish. Or, if you just fancy something to wet the whistle, you’re sure to find something tempting on their impressive cocktail menu.

The Bay Horse

Selling itself as ‘Chelmsford’s favourite bar and restaurant’, The Bay Horse is a great place to do some people watching and relax in style. Fun fact: it's the oldest tavern in Chelmsford, dating back a whopping 250 years! It's had plenty of refurbs since then and dishes out fresh and tasy food for those looking for more than just a drink.

The Orange Tree

If fine beers and a down to earth atmosphere is more your style, skip the clubs and head to this charming ale house. The Orange Tree prides itself on offering a huge range of beers, many of which are brewed in the surrounding areas. According to them, every day is a beer festival—they sound like our kind of people!

What Happens Next?

If you appreciate high pass rates and the chance to avoid the busier areas of town, Chelmsford theory test centre would be an excellent selection. Right in the heart of Essex, it’s a convenient choice for anyone living in and around the county.

As soon as the theory test certificate is in the bag, you should start thinking about how to tackle the practical test. Find an instructor, get plenty of practice in and book a test appointment at your preferred location. Those hailing from Chelmsford will find that Chelmsford (Hanbury Road) is their closest practical test centre.

If things didn’t quite go to plan and you ended up failing the theory test, try not to let it get you down. The best thing to do is book yourself another test and keep on studying the relevant material. Look on the bright side—you know exactly what to expect now, so round two should be easy peasy!

Whatever your driving status, PassMeFast offers the most efficient approach to earning that pink licence. Our booking agents will find you a suitable instructor, book all necessary test and be on hand day in, day out to answer any burning questions you have. Peruse our wide range of courses and select the one that matches your needs.

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