Plymouth Driving Test Centre

There are two practical driving test centres in Plymouth. A test centre that conducts tests for cars and motorcycles, and another for large vehicles (LGV).

The driving test for cars from Plymouth Driving Test Centre will feature many different road types and systems as featured on the driving test routes. City driving will test your ability at such systems as roundabouts, crossroads and junctions of various types and sizes. Residential areas and streets are taken and often used for test manoeuvre purposes and expect one of the possible four manoeuvres to be requested. Which manoeuvre you are asked to demonstrate is the decision of the examiner.

Residential areas often have narrow lanes with parked cars and are used to test your ability at meeting oncoming vehicles with the possibility of giving way. The passing parked cars guide offers advice on these narrow roads. High speed ‘A’ roads such as the A38 dual carriageway is likely as are rural country roads. The driving test from Plymouth will last around 30 – 40 minutes, 10 minutes of which will be designated to independent driving. The likely hood of the emergency stop is in the region of 1-in-3.

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 Plymouth Driving Test Centre.

Where are the driving test centres in Plymouth

Below details the address location, tests that are conducted and facilities that each test centre provides.

Plymouth Driving Test Centre

  • Practical Driving Test Centre Address
    Ernesettle Lane
    PL5 2EY
  • Test Centre Details:  Male and female toilet facilities available. Test candidate car parking spaces available.
  • Test Centre Provides Tests For: Car, Motorcycle Module 1, Motorcycle Module 2, Approved driving instructor – part two, Approved driving instructor – part three


  • Practical Driving Test Centre Address
    Agaton Fort
    Agaton Fort Road
    PL5 2QZ
  • Test Centre Details:  Male and female toilet facilities available. No car parking facilities available.
  • Test Centre Provides Tests For: Lorries, large vehicles and buses, Car and trailers


Driving tests can be booked to take place Monday through to Friday during the day. Certain test centres may offer Saturday bookings at a slightly higher booking fee. Often test candidates who book their test so that it takes place during the quieter times of the day for your area benefit.

Book a driving test by phone
Practical driving tests can be booked over the telephone via an automated service. To book a test at Plymouth Driving Test Centre, 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 Plymouth Driving Test Centre, 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.


Please note that direct contact with driving test centres cannot be made for test booking, cancelling or rescheduling. this can only be made directly with the DVSA (see above). Practical test centres can be contacted directly (including Plymouth Driving Test Centre) for reasons such as to inform the test centre manager you may be slightly late, or any issues you have with the test such as if it is still to proceed due to bad weather (see driving tests in bad weather for further information). See the driving test centre contact numbers section for further information.


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byHayley on

After reading all these reviews I was considering changing my location of my driving test.
Im glad I didnt!!!!
I passed my test today and the examiner Michael was an absolute pleasure to have in the passenger seat. Wasnt awkward, wasnt miserable and absolutely nothing like the reviews below.
Regardless of my test outcome today I would genuinely have nothing but praise dof Michael.
Hes an absolute credit to the driving test centre.
CLEARLY all the people who have nothing but criticism for the examiners are people who arent competent enough to drive and are blaming their faults on the examiners.
The examiners are still people and deserve some respect.
Thank you Michael for a lovely, comfortable test.
Pleasure to meet you.
Take care.

byChar24 on

( if I could give it no stars, I would) Old fashioned, ridged examiners. Was told I didn’t check my mirrors on one occasion whilst moving lanes but I absolutely did. I would not have moved if I didn’t check my mirrors because I am a safe driver. I checked that the car behind was far enough away and not attempting to overtake before moving, I was given a major because the car could have been over taking me. But it wasn’t, and I know that because I checked my mirrors. Also given a minor for planning and awareness.... but when I don’t know where I’m going, until information is provided surely I cannot plan ahead. As long as you are safe, mistakes are a part of driving, changing lanes and figuring out how to get where you’re going. The examiner was disengaged, austere and dead pan, not exactly creating a relaxed environment when someone is taking an exam which they are sure to be nervous for. No wonder the pass rate is 37.4% (one of the lowest in the country) you have to be flawless, confident and know the roads inside out of you even want to hope to pass. my advice: it just depends on your test route, and examiner on the day as to whether or not you will pass, and much less to do with you ability and apparently even how safe you are. Avoid taking your test here, it’s just not worth it.

bylou123 on

The examiner made me feel on edge and uncomfortable throughout. Majority of people I know have had a bad experience with this driving test centre and its' examiners.

byAnon on

Failed my second test yesterday, on my first test I new I failed and new what I did wrong. Second test when we got back to the test centre I was convinced I passed, I was wrong. The examiner said I was slightly to close to Some parked cars. I was totally shocked by this as I never get to close to park cars and even my instructor couldn't believe it. I don't understand how you can get slightly to close you are either close or you're not. Also failed because when pulling up On the right and reversing two cars I didn't do enough observations. But stated I did have really good control. And did a good manoeuvre. I didn't understand this as I had really good observations and stopped every single time another car or anything was coming on either side of the road. I never hit anything and did as I was supposed to

by^-_-^ on

Already failed 3 times. Exterminators overly harsh and 2 of them rude. I don't recommend taking your test in Plymouth!

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