For people undertaking driving lessons in Birmingham, or the surrounding areas, we’ve put together this helpful guide to help you plan and prepare for your driving theory test.
Within this guide we’ll also talk you through how to book your test, how to get to the test centre location and where to park. Finally, we’ll cover what you need to remember before the theory test and your next steps after you pass!
Birmingham Theory Test Centre: Information
If you need to take your theory test for a motorcycle, HGV/LGV, or for driving a car, you can visit the Birmingham Theory Test Centre at the following address:
38 Dale End
0333 200 1122
Telephone lines are open each weekday from 8 am to 4 pm.
Unfortunately, there is no direct telephone number to the Birmingham Theory Test Centre. The number mentioned above is the DVSA bookings service line which will help you with any queries relating to the Birmingham Theory Test Centre.
Theory test waiting times
Waiting times for theory tests can fluctuate, but for Birmingham Theory Test Centre, the longest waiting time to take the test is generally about four weeks. For more information on waiting times, contact the DVSA directly, who will be able to advise you.
Book A Theory Test At Birmingham Theory Test Centre
You can book your theory test at the Birmingham Theory Test Centre or your nearest theory test centre through the DVSA via telephone or online. In order to book a slot, make sure you have your provisional licence to hand as you will need to supply this to a member of staff.
Book by phone
Appointments can be booked over the telephone for all theory test centres. To book a theory test in Birmingham or any of the other driving theory test centres in the UK, please call 0300 200 1122, where you will reach an automated line. If you have any difficulty, you will have the option to speak to a member of staff who will be able to assist you.
You can choose to book your theory exam online, which is generally the most popular option. You will be given a comprehensive set of instructions as well as the various dates and times to choose from.
Reschedule/cancel your DVSA theory test
You can cancel your test and reschedule without being charged. Contact the DVSA, who will be able to refund you within three working days.
When You Have Booked Your Test
Once you have booked your theory test online, you will receive an email confirmation from the DVSA confirming the time and date of your driving theory test as well as which national test centre you chose as the location.
You will also receive a reference number in the email, which you may need to show a staff member at the theory test centre in Birmingham. It is usually advisable that you print off this email confirmation and bring it with you to be on the safe side.
Birmingham Theory Test Centre Directions
Thankfully, it’s easy to get to Birmingham’s theory test centre by car and bus.
The theory test centre is just outside the city centre of Birmingham on the A4400. Birmingham can be easily travelled to via the M5 and M6 as well as the M42.
Unfortunately, the Birmingham DVSA theory test centre does not have parking spaces available to the public. Thankfully, however, given the central location of the test centre, there is plenty of parking nearby.
We have mentioned three of the most popular and closest to the venue, but there are many more to choose from if you wish.
Birmingham Londonderry House Car Park
By far the most convenient car park to use is Londonderry House Car Park, although it is the priciest option that will cost just shy of £8.00 for a 2-hour slot.
Lower Lionel Street Car Park
The Lower Lionel Street Car Park is a paid-for car park open 24/7 all year round, which is located a handy 5 minute walk away at a moderate pace. While the parking fees increase on the weekends, the flat rate for 2 hours or less from Monday to Friday is £3.00. You can choose to pay by cash or card or pay over the telephone.
Great Charles Street
Great Charles Street is also open all year round and 24 hours a day and is also £3.00 for 2 hours or less, like Lower Lionel Street. This car park is situated approximately a one minute walk from the former, and so it will take you no longer than 6 minutes to reach the theory test centre address from here.
You can either choose to pay with cash or via a parking app.
The bus network in and around Birmingham theory test centre is reliable and cheap. There are a few different bus services you can take, depending on where you are coming from.
Number 12: This service moves between the centre of Birmingham and Dudley. Alight the bus at Colmore Row. Once on foot, go south and then turn right onto Newhall Street. Doing so will bring you to Queensway. The test centre is just a short walk away on the left-hand side.
Number 35: This bus service runs from the centre of Birmingham to Hawksley, which sits on the outskirts of the city to the south. Alight the bus on Moor Street, and you will need to walk for approximately 15 minutes through the city’s main shopping streets. Move towards St. Phillips Cathedral, arrive on Newhall Street, and make your way towards Queensway. The theory test centre will be further down the street on the left.
Number 110: This bus service operates between Tamworth and Birmingham. Alight at Snow Hill Queensway with the test centre is a quick 10-12 minute journey by foot from here. Start by moving towards Queensbury and then heading southbound in the direction of the theory test centre.
On The Day Of Your DVSA Theory Test
On the day of the theory test, make sure you arrive slightly early – this is better than arriving late and possibly being refused entry to the test, which will then result in the test fee you have pre-paid being lost.
Above all, remember to bring your provisional driving licence with you as a staff member will need to check it. Those that do not bring this photographic identification to the test centre may not be allowed to sit the exam. If you have misplaced – or think you might have lost your licence – you will be required to order and pay for a new one.
What Happens Next?
If you find you haven’t been successful and have failed your online theory test, try not to be too disheartened. There is no limit on how many theory tests you can take; if you don’t succeed at first, remember that you will get there. It takes patience, a bit of control of those pesky exam-related nerves and a lot of revision.
If you have passed your test: Congratulations! You are now one step closer to fulfilling your driving ambitions. Next, it’s time to give the practical driving test – and thanks to Bill Plant Driving School, you’ll be on the road in no time!
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