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RoadReady Teen Driver Guide

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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.

RoadReady.ie: A Parent's Guide


Helping your teen be Road Ready: A Parent's Guide


FAQ 4 Parents and Teens:


. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds

. Teens have the highest involvement rates in all types of crashes

. 17 teens lose their lives every day in car crashes

. Many fatal teen crashes involve excessive speed or driving too fast for

existing road conditions


The 2 areas in which teens find trouble are: 1.driver inexperience and 2. maturity level behind the wheel. Growing amounts of teens are injured or killed on our roadways every year and teen driving safety has become paramount for parents of new drivers.


The Teen Driver Guide provides a useful selection tips for parents to assist their teen make the transition into becoming a regular driver. Our guide is designed to help both parents and teens learn the basic Rules of the Road and ensure they have a successful education on the road to becoming a licensed driver.



Parents can provide a good grounding for their teens that are learning to drive by setting out solid parameters and rules.


Some useful resources are:





Driver Theory Testing Service contact :

Tel: 1890 606106 (LoCall) or

for tests Gaelige 1890 606806



The Role of Parents


Parents of learner drivers want their children to enjoy the freedom that possessing a license entails and many families also enjoy the assistance a further driver can bring to the family. In order for teens to become safe drivers, they need to have the requisite practice and experience gained during their driving lessons with both their instructor and parents.




Parents Tips:


  • Implement RoadReady.ie Teen Guide
    Review Tips and information provided to come up with a schedule or program that suits you and your teen.
  • Discuss with your teen learner driver the responsibilities that come with becoming a licensed driver.
    Your experience will prove invaluable in assisting your teen understand the Rules of the Road and provide them with real world understanding of how to conduct themselves while operating a motor vehicle.


  • Teens and Adults should know the latest Rules of the Road
    The RoadReady.ie Teen Guide provides links to information on all the latest changes to the Rules of the Road and Theory testing to assist in your teens driving education.


  • Provide a solid driving role model for your teen driver
    your teen will look to you for guidance as their benchmark for how to operate behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. By teaching your teen driver proper road etiquette and respect for traffic laws and safety you will give them a solid grounding for when they are driving on their own.
  • Provide an appropriate vehicle for your learner driver to operate
    By providing a safe and appropriate vehicle for your teen to begin their driving education you will enable them feel more secure and more aptly able to learn the traffic and road laws efficiently.


  • Teach your teen the risks and how to prevent them
    Discuss the many areas including consumption of alcohol, distractions such as mobile phones, loud music, eating and any other visual distraction that may impede driving with your teen s that they may avoid these risks. Develop a healthy open communication in relation to the pitfalls of drink driving and speeding that not only endanger their safety but that of others as well so they understand the responsibility of operating a vehicle on our roads. Other factors such as driving at night or in adverse weather should all be addressed during the learner drivers' education.



  • Set rules for your teen driver while operating their motor vehicle
    By setting out ground rules in relation to curfew, who may or may not be allowed to accompany your teen while driving and other rules which you find appropriate your teen will have a full understanding of their responsibilities while on the road.


  • Teach your child from an early age
    Parents can start laying the groundwork for their children's driving education at an early age. By setting a good example of how to conduct yourself on the roads and slowly allowing your child to adopt these rules you can greatly benefit the learner driver upon the beginning of their motor vehicle training.




Parents hold the key to a successful driving tuition:


  • Ensure you have gone through the Rules of the Road with your teen driver
  • Check that your teen drivers instructor is fully ADI qualified and feel free to ride along for further support
  • Make sure your teen has a thorough understanding of road/traffic laws & etiquette
  • Keep up to date on the latest changes to road and traffic safety laws