The driving test

To obtain a driving licence you first need to pass your driving test. In this section, you will find out how to apply for it, where to take it, and how to prepare for it to ensure you’ve given yourself the best chance of success.

What it is

What the driving test involves and what you need in order to sit the test.

Apply online

Please note that due to high demand for driving tests currently being experienced, it may not be possible to accommodate test candidates who are seeking a test at short notice.

Your Car

How to ensure your vehicle is test-ready

Issues and Concerns

Any issues and concerns you have in relation to your driving test and driving licence application

Cancel your test

What happens if you get your date for your driving test but you can't go on that day

Repeating your test

Common reasons why people fail driving tests, what to do if you do fail, and who to appeal to if you don’t agree with the tester’s decision

Disruption at Driving Test Centres

Details of disruptions at test centres, whether due to works being carried or adverse weather conditions will be updated here.

After you pass

How to get your full driving licence after passing your test

Waiting Times

How long you can expect to wait for a driving test and which test centres have the shortest and longest waiting times.

Driving Test Centres

Information on our driving test centres and also waiting times and pass rates



Dun Laoghaire Driving Test Centre

 The RSA would like to advise customers that the Driving Test Centre at Rochestown Lodge Hotel & Spa, Dun Laoghaire, will be closing with effect from 28th May 2016.  This centre was temporarily opened in January of this year following the closure of Rathgar Driving test Centre.  Another centre in Churchtown was opened also in January and will remain operational for the next few months.


We are unable to accept any further applications for the Dun Laoghaire centre and we are contacting candidates who have an application currently in Dun Laoghaire to advise them of the closure.  The RSA will do all it can to ensure that customers who have a current application in Dun Laoghaire will be accommodated with a test appointment there insofar as possible.  However we may have to offer test appointments to some customers in an alternative test centre of the customer’s choosing.


Other test centres in the Dublin area are:


Churchtown Driving Test Centre, Landscape House, Landscape Road, Churchtown;
Tallaght Driving Test Centre, Premier Business Park, 52 Broomhill Road, Tallaght;
Finglas Driving Test Centre, Jamestown Business Park, Jamestown Road, Finglas;
Raheny Driving Test Centre, 4 All Saints Park, Raheny, Dublin 5.

Customers can contact us directly at or on 1890 40 60 40 if they have any query.


The RSA apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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