The Driving Test
Step 1. Pass the Theory Test
The theory test examines your knowledge and understanding of the rules of the road, good driving behaviour, risk perception and hazard perception. You must pass this test before applying for a first learner permit.
The test involves answering questions on a touch screen computer in a test centre. It is run by the Driver Theory Testing Service. To apply for a theory test, contact the Driver Theory Testing Service or apply online at www.dtts.ie.
Step 2. Get your Learner Permit
To apply for a first Learner Permit you will need:
Completed application form (D.201)
Valid Theory Test Certificate
Birth Certificate/Baptismal Certificate/Valid Passport/Certificate of Registration Card
Marriage Certificate required if name differs to that on Birth Certificate/Passport
Medical report (D501), completed by a Registered Medical Practitioner, if required
An eyesight report (D.502) for classes A, A1, B, EB and W - eyesight report valid for one month from issue.
Two recent identical passport-type photographs (signed on the back)
Drop all this into your local County Council office and they will issue you with your valid Learner Permit. Learner Permits are valid for two years. You cannot take a driving test for at least six months after getting your first learner permit.
Step 3. Take Driving Lessons
When you get your Learner Permit you should book driving lessons with an RSA approved driving instructor to learn how to drive safely and competently. You can find a range of approved driving instructors in your area on the RoadReady.ie website.
As a rule of thumb you will need 11/2 to 2 hours of lessons for each year of your life. So, if you are a 17 year old you would need 25 lessons. That would be a minimum, no two pupils learn at the same rate. Remember, you must have your Learner Permit in your possession while driving.
Step 4. Get your L-Plates
When you feel comfortable enough to drive without your instructor and you’re insured on a car, it’s recommended you get valuable experience driving the car that you’re going to take your driving test in. Remember that you must be accompanied by a person that holds a full driving licence for at least two years. Confidence and experience are everything!
Step 5. Take Your Test
Once you have met all the conditions for learner permit holders and you have taken instruction, the next step is to apply for your driving test. You can apply online here: www.drivingtest.ie
On the day of your test, Make sure your vehicle displays:
- a current valid motor tax disc,
- an NCT disc for vehicles obliged to pass the National Car Test
- proper "L" plates at the front and back,
- a current valid insurance disc
Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy. Be in the test centre at least 10 minutes before your test appointment time. Give the driver tester your current Irish provisional licence. The tester will check the licence to confirm that it relates to you, is current and is for the correct category of vehicle.
The driving test will determine if you have the skills necessary to progress to being a full driving licence holder. It includes questions on the Rules of the Road and how your vehicle works and then assesses your driving skills while you drive in different road and traffic conditions.
All learner drivers should keep in mind, when taking lessons or driving with a fully licensed driver that you should be preparing for your final Road Test and ensure your lesson time is spent wisely.
Follow these simple guidelines to assist you in learning the Rules of the Road:
Practice driving as often as possible
Evaluate your progress regularly
Schedule pre-tests with your instructor prior to your final test
Successful and informed drivers have a higher percentage of passes in their first test. Prior to applying for your test schedule a full assessment with your chosen ADI instructor to give you enough time to prepare for the final Road Test. Upon receipt of you test date schedule a final pre-test assessment before you arrive for the Road Test to allow for any final adjustments you may need to your driving behavior/knowledge.
- You must have your learner permit for a minimum of 6 months before you can take a driving test.
- The average waiting time for the Driving Test from application is 10 weeks.
- Drivers must arrange the car for their test using the ADI instructors car or a car you have been using for practice that is fully insured and roadworthy.
- You should check that your Learner Permit is valid for your test date
- Double check the test centre, date and time of your test!
Passing the Road Test
Congratulations you've passed your driving test. What do you do next?
Submit your full driving license application to the testing centre ensuring you include:
Your pass certificate
2 Signed passport photos
amount for 2 yr or 10 yr license
The Certificate of competency is valid for two years and if you do not get the License in that time you must repeat the test
Failing the TEST
If you fail the test, do apply again as soon as possible so that you do not waste the work already done. See your instructor as soon as possible and get advice on the points marked and plan to pass next time