Driving Theory Test Centres in York

York theory test centre is located in the south of the City Centre on the bank of the River Ouse. It’s  very easy to access, and those travelling from further afield should have little problem getting to their test on time. We’re going to cover useful information like transport links, local amenities, pass rates and more!


Ground Floor, The Fire Station 19 Clifford St York North Yorkshire YO1 9RJ

Phone Number

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

Waiting Times

3-4 weeks Waiting times as recorded at the time of writing. Exact waiting times may vary.


Arriving at York Theory Test Centre

By public transport

The theory centre is easy to find if you’ve travelled to York by rail. You can walk from York train station right to your test in 16 minutes. Not bad!

If you prefer to take the bus you can save yourself having to spend too much time travelling on foot. The Clifford Street bus stop is right by the test centre. To find out more about York’s transport network, including times and routes, consult the iTravelYork website.

By car

If someone’s happy to drive you to the test centre, it’s just a case of entering YO1 9RJ into a sat nav and following the instructions. The business park in which the test centre is housed sits right on the A59, so once you’re on this road finding your test location should be easy-peasy.


Need to leave the car somewhere while you take the test? The bad news is that the centre itself doesn’t provide parking. The good news is that you have quite a few options in the surrounding area. The Castle is a 3-minute walk from the centre, but is on the pricier side at over £5 for 2 hours. Other nearby car parks—Coppergate Centre and St George's Field—come in at a similar price and are a 5-10 minute walk from the test centre. If you want a cheaper option, Priory Street is the only car park within a 15-minute walk that is under £5; you can expect to pay around £3 for a 2-hour stay.

Pass Rates by Year

The pass rates at York theory test centre are very impressive. Though they're a bit up and down, they consistently sit a good fews points above the national average. The numbers only really reflect the success of the individuals who happened to take their test at this centre, so don’t pin your hopes on a pass here based just on the fact that the rates are promising. How you do in the test depends on how prepared you are to answer the questions!

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
52.8% 52.2% 54.2% 52.2% 52.2% 60.3% 58.9%

Guides and Tips

To do well in the theory test you need to take it seriously and set aside a reasonable amount of time to learn the required information and revise it until it fully sinks in. Don’t forget about the hazard perception section, either! If this all sounds a bit daunting, don’t worry—there are resources out there that can help with the learning process. Here are a few that we recommend:

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Alternative Theory Test Centres


Getting a good night’s sleep is really important if you want to feel calm and collected for the test. If you’re not from York but want to take your test here, why not book a room in a local hotel for the night before? That way you should be refreshed and ready to rumble in the morning. Take a look at some of your options:

Holgate Hill Hotel★★☆☆☆

Considering a room here comes at a very reasonable price, they certainly don’t scrimp on the freebies! They offer free parking, free WiFi, free breakfast and everything else you need for a comfortable stay. On top of all that it’s only a 7-minute walk from the centre!

Best Western Kilima Hotel★★★☆☆

If you prefer to go with a reliable chain hotel, the Best Western Kilima would be a sound choice. It comes with everything you would expect—clean, comfy bedding, onsite bar and free internet. Plus it’s a very nifty 6-minute stroll from here to your theory test. Can’t go wrong, really!

Holmwood House Hotel★★★★☆

For those with a taste for the finer things, how about this B&B located on the site of two stunning listed buildings? The decor is elegant, the surroundings peaceful and the staff are happy to cater to your every need. You’ll really feel at home here and the relaxed atmosphere should calm any pre-test nerves you may be feeling!

Places to Celebrate

Once the theory test is done and dusted, you don’t have to go home straight away, right? We don’t think so! York is a great city to explore and there are loads of lovely places to grab a drink or a bite to eat. You deserve it after a big test! Live a little and check out some of these bars and pubs while you’re in town:

The Fox and Roman

This characterful pub sits on the site of a Roman burial site that was discovered in 1833. York is a city that celebrates its historical significance and in this joint there are intriguing artefacts dotted all around the place that you can examine while enjoying a nice pint. They also offer scrummy food and plenty of mid-week deals!

Circles Coffee Shop, Cafe and Gin Bar

Right on the River Ouse you’ll find this delightful little cafe and bar. If the weather permits you simply must make use of their beautiful garden and enjoy a beverage while taking in some stunning views. Whether you fancy a nice coffee or a cheeky gin cocktail, this place will serve up something to your liking.

The Duke of York

When in Rome, right? Conveniently located right next to York train station, this place is great for a quick drink before you have to catch the train home. If you have the time, it’s definitely worth staying a little longer and sampling some delicious locally-sourced food off their impressive menu.

What Happens Next?

York theory test centre is a handy option for people from all over Yorkshire, thanks to its location just outside of the major city. Well-connected to towns all over the north, you should have no problem making the journey to your test if it’s here. Plus, once the test is over with, you certainly won’t be short of things to do!

If you’ve checked the theory test off your list of things to complete, it’s time you moved on to the main event—the practical driving test. Hop online and use your theory test pass number to book an appointment at your nearest practical test centre. If you’re from York, your main options are York, Knaresborough and Malton.

Didn’t manage to pass your theory? Not to worry! Book yourself a new test and get back to revising while you wait for the next test day to come around. Just be sure to leave a gap of at least 3 working days between tests—this is a rule set by the DVSA.

Whether you’re an experienced learner or haven’t even sat in the driver’s seat yet, PassMeFast has a course that can get you on the road as soon as possible. You can see all of our courses over on our website. Not sure what to go for? Give our team a call on 0333 123 4949 and they’ll advise you on how best to proceed.

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