Tips & Advice

The Driving Test

Driver testing in Ireland is carried out directly by the Road Safety Authority to a standard that complies with the EU Directive on Driving Licences.

What must I do?

To do the test, you must hold a valid learner permit for at least six months on the day of the test for cars, motorcycles and works vehicles(in the case of a first time learner permit holders, the code 991 will be printed under the restrictions/information section on your learner permit opposite the vehicle category) . You must provide a suitable vehicle to sit your driving test.  Mandatory Essential Driver Training (EDT) lessons may apply to you, if you received your first learner permit on or after 4 April 2011.

You can apply for your driving test online before you have your 12 Sessions completed, however you cannot be scheduled for your driving test until we receive the confirmation from your ADI Instructor that you have the 12 EDT Sessions completed.

Preparing for your driving test

Do:

  • Study the Rules of the Road booklet
  • Study the Preparing for your test booklet
  • Use the services of an approved driving instructor (ADI)
  • Practice driving on all types of road (except motorways) and in all types of traffic situations, accompanied by your ADI or sponsor. This should include driving at night.
  • Study the “Learning to Drive” suite of manuals for car, bike, bus and truck, available at book shops nationwide.
  • There are also a suite of learning to drive videos available here

Don’t:

  • Unnecessarily obstruct traffic or annoy other road users
  • Drive unaccompanied at any time.
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