Newcastle Driving Test Centres

There are two practical driving test centres within Newcastle. One test centre conducts tests for cars, the other for large vehicles (LGV). All the Newcastle Upon Tyne Driving Test Centres are located in busy areas that will feature traffic systems of all types

The test includes residential streets that the examiner uses to test your ability for meeting oncoming vehicles in narrow spaces. This often involves passing parked cars in narrow areas whilst dealing with oncoming vehicles. These road types are also ideal for driving test manoeuvres, of which one is selected from the possible four – the turn in the road and reverse round a corner being the most common. The choice of manoeuvres is down to the examiner.

Every other test conducted involves the emergency stop procedure and each test now features approximately 10 minutes of independent driving. Some of the Newcastle Driving Test Centres will feature rural country road driving and high speed ‘A’ roads and dual carriageways. These road types fail a large degree of tests in Newcastle if not practiced highly. Test centre routes are designed by the examiners who conduct practical tests at their local test centre.

The routes are designed in such a way so to involve as many diverse roads and traffic systems as possible, often including very challenging parts. Gaining knowledge of the test routes provides valuable insight into the type of roads that will be taken during your test. Driving test routes may be available to view or a downloadable app for your mobile device in your area, including Newcastle Driving Test Centre.

Where are the driving test centres in Newcastle

Below details the available practical driving test centres in Newcastle along with the services they provide and address.

Newcastle Driving Test Centre (Elswick)

  • Practical Driving Test Centre Address
    Unit 2 Sirius House
    Asama Court
    Amethyst Road
    Tyne and Wear
    NE4 7YL
  • Test Centre Details:  Male, female and disabled toilet facilities available. Test candidate car parking facilities available. See Elswick Driving Test Centre for further details.
  • Test Centre Provides Tests For: Car, Approved driving instructor – part two


  • Practical Driving Test Centre Address
    Sandy lane
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    Tyne and Wear
    NE3 5HB
  • Test Centre Details:  Male, female and disabled toilet facilities available. Ramp access to test centre for wheelchair users. See Gosforth Driving Test Centre for further information.
  • Test Centre Provides Tests For: Lorries, large vehicles and buses, Car and trailers


Many of the UK driving test centres operate from Monday through to Friday conducting tests throughout the day. Busier centres may also operate on a Saturday. Weekend tests cost slightly more to book. Although not essential, booking a driving test so that it takes place during the quieter periods of the day may see a slightly higher chance of passing the test.

Book a driving test by phone
Practical driving tests can be booked over the telephone via an automated service. To book a test at either of the Newcastle Driving Test Centres, see the book a driving test section for booking contact telephone numbers. Although this is an automated service, a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) assistant can be reached by following the prompts.

Book your driving test online
The majority of test candidates book their driving test over the internet as the available free test slots are made visible to be taken. To make a test booking at any of the Newcastle Driving Test Centres, see the book a driving test section.

Rescheduling or cancelling the driving test
Driving Tests can be rescheduled or cancelled. Changing your driving test date can be done providing three working days’ notice is given. To cancel your test and receive a full refund from DVSA bookings, three working days’ notice must also be provided. Saturdays are also classed as a working day.


Throughout the UK practical driving test centres, pass rates vary. Certain centres, often in very busy areas may have a slightly lower pass rate and in this situation, some test candidates decide to take their test at an alternative test centre. The driving test pass rates section may show driving test pass rate statistics for your practical test centre.


Your practical driving test centre contact telephone number (possibly including either of the Newcastle Driving Test Centres) may be located on your test booking email confirmation, or found within the driving test centre contact numbers section.

Test centres must not be contacted to book, cancel or amend a driving test however (see above), and only to contact the centre manager if you have any questions or concerns regarding your test, for example if a test is still going ahead due to bad weather (See driving tests in bad weather for further information).


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