Barking Driving Test Centre

Situated on the corner of Tanner Street just off Fanshawe Ave, Barking Driving Test Centre is one of the most popular test centres in East London. Located in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham, the test centre is used by candidates from Hackney, Newham, Ilford, Redbridge and the surrounding areas.

Barking Driving Test Centre Address

84 Tanner Street
Barking
Essex
London
IG11 8QF

Features

Toilets: Male and female toilets
Disabled access: Arrangements will be made at this test centre if you have a disability
Parking: None

Available tests

Car test: Yes
ADI Part 3: Yes
Motorcycle Module 1: No
Motorcycle Module 2: No
LBCCT: No
B+E: No
Taxi: No
ADI Part 2: No

Book a driving test at Barking Driving Test Centre

If you would like to take your driving test at Barking test centre, aim to book your appointment as soon as you can drive with a measure of independence. Don’t wait until you’re completely ready to take your test to book your date. Barking tends to be very busy and driving test waiting times could force you to wait for up to 3 months for an appointment.

Book a driving test in Barking by phone

You can call the DVSA on 0300 200 1122 to book a driving test at Barking Test Centre. Lines are open from Monday to Friday, 8pm to 4pm. You can call the number to book a driving test or change an existing driving test. When you ring, an agent will take down some personal details, including your provisional driving licence number. You will need this number and a credit or debit card to complete the transaction.

Book a driving test in Barking online

You can also book a driving test at Barking Test Centre through the DVSA’s website. The website is quick and easy to use. All in all, you should be able to complete the booking process within 10 minutes.

To get started visit https://www.gov.uk/book-driving-test, click on the orange ‘Start Now’ button and enter your provisional driving licence number on the next page. Once you have added a date and selected Barking Driving Test Centre as you test centre of choice, you’ll be shown a calendar with a list of available dates. Choose the date that works best for you, and then complete your booking.

Book a short notice driving test at Barking

If you would like to take your driving test right away, you can use our short notice driving test service to find an early test date. Our software automatically checks the DVSA’s website for cancellations at Barking Test Centre. Once we find an earlier date, we notify you or book the test for you on your behalf.

How to get to Barking Driving Test Centre

The nearest station to Barking Driving Test Centre is Barking Rail Station. Both the C2C and London Overground lines pass through this station. The rail station is 0.4 miles away from the test centre, which is around an 8-minute walk.

Barking Driving Test Centre
Barking Driving Test Centre

Directions from Barking Rail Station

It’s a short walk from Barking Rail Station to the test centre and here are some directions.

  • Walk north-east on Station Parade towards Salisbury Avenue.
  • Turn left onto Wakering Road.
  • Turn right to stay on Wakering Road.
  • Slight right onto Northern Relief Road/A124.
  • Turn left onto Glenny Road.
  • Turn left to stay on Glenny Road.
  • Turn right onto Tanner St, and the test centre will be on your right.

If you plan on driving to the test centre, keep in mind that there is no onsite parking. The car park on Fanshawe Ave is for staff only.

Barking Driving Test Centre - Staff Car Park
Barking Driving Test Centre – Staff Car Park

Barking Driving Test Centre pass rates

In 2019/20, the overall pass rate at Barking Driving Test Centre was 34.4%. Males faired slightly better with 37.6% passing, while tests taken by females had a 32.1% pass rate.

Compared to the national average Barking test centre has a relatively low pass rate. To pass at this site, you need to study each of the available driving test routes and get as much practice as you can in the local area. Get to know Barking, study Google maps and try to familiarise yourself with the local road layout before the day of your test.

YearConducted testsPassesPass rate
2010/111,20641034%
2011/121,21638331.5%
2012/131,42941529.%
2013/141,69250930.1%
2014/151,55649331.7%
2015/161,87859931.9%
2016/171,64551731.4%
2017/181,09432729.9%
2018/191,49945530.4%
2019/202,20975934.4%

We’ve written a couple of guides to help you prepare for your driving test. The first will help you overcome driving test anxiety, while the second has expert tips to help you pass your driving test.

Barking driving test routes

You won’t know till the day of your test what driving test route your examiner will take you on as this information is kept private. Even though there is no way of discovering the exact route beforehand, our Barking driving test centre routes are the next best thing. You can revise 10 potential routes used by examiners, and each route has videos, images and advice on what to do in specific situations. The routes are detailed, and they should improve your knowledge of Barking and the roads in and around the test centre.

Local roads in and around Barking

Barking Driving Test Centre is very close to a multi-lane, multi-exit roundabout. The roundabout is quite large, and it does lead to a significant number of serious and dangerous faults. The roundabout is on the A124, and if your driving examiner takes you in that direction, you could take the exit the roundabout onto the A406 which is a dual carriageway, so keep an eye out for that as well.

Alternative driving test centres

Although Barking is a popular test centre in East London, there are alternatives if you’d prefer to take your test elsewhere.

You can also book driving lessons in Barking and Dagenham if you’re not quite ready yet to book your test.