Changes to Identification Required for Driver Theory Test

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.

In the test centre, the only acceptable form of ID will be the Public Services Card. The card will be used to verify name, PPS number and identity of the person attending for the test. Applicants will need to ensure that the spelling of the name in which they book their test matches exactly the spelling of their name on the card.

From the 1st June 2017, in order to book a theory test (or CPC Exam) you will need the 12 digit Card number from the rear of the Public Services Card.

Failure to produce the card at the test centre for a booked appointment will result in the applicant being unable to sit the test and losing the test fee.

Theory tests can be taken at 41 test centre locations around the country as part of the Road Safety Authority’s driver testing and licensing process.

For more information on how to apply for a Public Services Card, please visit the Department of Social Protection website.

If you do not have a Public Services Card you can make an appointment to get one either by using or by phoning or calling into your local Intreo Centre or social welfare local office. Phone numbers for these office are available here.

Any queries about this public services cards application process should be made by telephone to 1890 927 999 or 01 7043281.

The Official Driver Theory Test revision material (Books and CDROM’s) has been updated to include some new and revised questions and will be available to purchase online and at major Irish bookstores from June 2017. The updated material only applies to anyone sitting the Driver Theory Test on or after 5th July 2017. The number of questions to be answered will remain at 40