Your learner permit

Acquiring a learner permit is the first step to passing your driving test. In this section you’ll find out where to apply for a permit and what documents you’ll need to include with your application. You’ll also discover where to get hold of the Rules of the Road booklet and what the theory test involves.

Changes to Identification Required

From 17 June 2017 any person sitting the Driver Theory Test will be required to present a valid Public Services Card at the Driver Theory Test Centre as proof of ID. At the time of booking the test, applicants will be asked to confirm that they possess a Public Services Card.

What it is

Explaining what a learner permit is and what you need to do to get one

How to apply

How to apply for or renew a learner permit and what your application should include

Novice Plates

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has announced changes to the driver licensing system that apply to newly qualified novice drivers and first time learner permit holders.

Rules of the road

Information about the bible of safe driving, undertanding road signs and where to buy/download the rules of the road

The Theory Test

What you need to know about this key knowledge test for learner drivers. There are also theory tests for RSA approved driving instructors and professional drivers (CPC).

Car and Motorcycle Training

Learn more about the Essential Driver Training (EDT) and Initial Basic Training (IBT) programmes.

Learning to drive videos

A series of ‘Learning to Drive’ videos explaining everything you need to know about doing your test and becoming a safe and socially responsible drivers. There are 13 videos in the series, each of which deals with a different aspect of the ‘learning to drive’ process for driving a car, motorcycle, bus or truck. They provide additional support and guidance to some of Ireland’s most vulnerable road users.