Portsmouth Driving Test Centre

Provided are contact details for Portsmouth Driving Test Centre, test route tips, test booking information and help passing the driving test in Hampshire.


Practical Driving Test Centre Address
Opposite Fort Southwick
James Callaghan Drive
PO17 6AR

Test Centre Details:  Four steps to main waiting room.  Opposite end of building does have a ramp but still has a high lip to negotiate when entering building. Disabled toilet not accessible from main waiting room without access to examiners area.  Special arrangements will be made for candidates with mobility impairment. Male and female toilets available at Portsmouth Driving Test Centre as well as car parking facilities.
Test Centre Provides Tests For: Car, Taxi


The driving test from Portsmouth Driving Test Centre will feature city and town driving. Narrow residential areas often taken for test manoeuvres are also a test of your ability for meeting approaching vehicles with the necessity to give way. The passing parked cars tutorial offers advice for this situation.

Urban driving will assess your ability for many traffic systems such as crossroads, junctions and roundabouts. Test routes frequently involve rural roads. Country roads are often high speed and feature difficult areas due to the ability to corner at correct speeds. See the country road driving tutorial for assistance with this.

The examiner will request a single manoeuvre throughout the 30 to 40 minutes test. A 10 minute section of the test will be reserved for independent driving with every other test conducted, the emergency stop is required. 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 Portsmouth Driving Test Centre.


Most test centres typically operate during weekdays only with the exception of those in busy areas that may operate on Saturdays also. Weekend test bookings incur a slightly higher test booking fee. See below on detail for booking a practical driving 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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth 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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Average rating:  
 15 reviews
 by phi

examiner Mike,
made me feel completely at ease and welcome throughout my test, which helped with nerves and was overall a lovely experience thank you!

 by Frank

Examiner Liz cut short a test after 15 minutes driving, she said she is allowed to do that under covid-19 rule, but for £62 I am paying, I feel I deserve a full test experience.

 by Emma

Can people stop being so rude about Liz, please? I passed with her, she's a lovely lady and a fair, honest examiner. There's a lot of bitterness being spouted on here, directed at a perfectly decent lady doing a tough job. For the record, calling Liz "an old woman" reflects much more on you. Thanks for your hard work Liz.

 by C

Examiner W. very scared 😟 all the time he was thinking that I am going to change lanes after exiting roundabout’s . I kept to proper lane all the time and he gives me a serious for this because he thought I am going to change lane... on average he was nice and helped me with directions before junctions. Failed this time. Just 3 minors and the major was because he was just scared 😧

 by Anon

Examiner Liz (the ominous 'old woman') was a nasty bit of work; she made no effort to put me at ease and ignored me when I asked for confirmation on her directions. Even though she passed me (so she is a fair examiner) she was very condescending of my driving, offered no advice on how to rectify it and then had quite a dig at my instructor for his teaching. This left us both very deflated and took all pleasure from my pass.

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