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 (ADI) and professional drivers (CPC).

 

Resumption of Theory Test Service
Following the Government announcement triggering Phase 2 resumption of services the Driver Theory Test Service is set to resume on Monday 8 June. For more information and FAQ please follow this link.

Driver Theory Test

The learner driver theory test was introduced in 2001. By law, before applying for a learner permit, candidates must complete and pass a test of their general road safety knowledge and motoring legislation. It applies to anyone applying for a first learner permit in any vehicle category.

The test is designed to check knowledge of topics such as:

  • Rules of the Road
  • Risk perception
  • Eco-driving
  • Hazard awareness
  • Good driving behaviour

The test is computer-based and has been designed to be simple and intuitive to use.  You will have a chance to take a practice session on the day before starting on the actual test. If you have special needs please contact the Driver Theory Service and explain your requirements.

Driver Theory Service contact:
1890 606 106 (English language)
1890 606 806 (Irish language)
1890 616 216 (text phone – for the hearing-impaired)

About the Theory Test 

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