IMPORTANT NOTICE

Driving test update 

 

Only essential workers should attend driving test appointments

On the day of your test, you will be asked to confirm that you’re an essential worker. If you are not, the test won’t go ahead. If you are not an essential worker and have an appointment scheduled please cancel your test.

 

If you are an essential worker and need a test urgently please complete this online form

 

Book or reschedule a driving test online

You can book or reschedule a driving test online by signing up or logging into our new customer portal MyRoadSafety. Any non-essential workers wishing to book a driving test can join the waiting list and we will contact you when appointments become available.

 

Covid-19 safety measures

We have introduced new safety measures to the driving test which candidates must follow. Know more

 

Weather disruptions

Check if your driving test is affected by adverse weather conditions. Tests will be cancelled if conditions are unsafe.

Tachograph cards - Apply Here

Tachograph cards are a credit card sized plastic card that contain a microchip. There are several different types of tachograph cards - depending on what work you do in road haulage business you may need a different  type of card.

Important Notice regarding Brexit:  Driver cards and UK/NI Driver Licence exchange

A driver resident in Ireland who obtained their RSA issued tachograph card on the basis of a UK/NI driver licence needs to exchange the licence now as their UK/NI licence will not be valid to drive here after 31 December 2020.  Once the driver has exchanged their driver licence, then they should apply to the RSA to exchange the driver card.

It is vital that drivers have a valid driving licence and that they are legally allowed to drive in Ireland by exchanging a UK licence for an Irish driving licence.  The driver should apply to the NDLS now using this link https://www.ndls.ie/booking-service.html.  When making an application to exchange their driving licence, the driver will need to factor in processing, production and postage time taking in total at least 13 to 16 working days.

As regards driver cards, those drivers who exchanged their UK/NI licence for an Irish one should then apply to the RSA www.rsa.ie for a first time application so that the new driver licence number is recorded on the driver card.  A driver who fails to exchange the driver card could be subject to potential delays at roadside checks in the State or elsewhere.

Tachograph driver card

Tachograph driver cards are required by law for bus and truck drivers. Find out how the card works, what data is stored, when to use it, and how to apply for one.

Tachograph Company card

If you own a passenger or haulage company a company tachograph card will allow you to download the data from your vehicle units.

Workshop card

Workshop tacho cards are issued to authorised workshops only. The card allows calibration of the tachograph itself.

Control card

Control tachograph cards are available only to enforcement officers ( RSA Transport Officers and the Garda Siochana ). They are used to enforce tachograph legislation.

Exemptions

The law exempts the use of a tachograph for certain commercial vehicles

About tachographs

Tachographs are devices fitted to buses and trucks. They record the amount of time drivers spend driving and resting, as well as capturing data about the vehicle. Tachographs are now mandatory in the EU.

Useful Guides

The RSA have produced many guides in the area of tachographs and drivers hours.

Tachograph Equipment

Tachograph recording equipment for vehicles is mandatory in the EU.  Tachographs record key driver and vehicle information, as well as generate records that monitor the drivers' compliance with driving time rules.

Make a complaint

If you are concerned that an operator may be acting illegally as regards Drivers Hours or Tachograph requirements you can submit a complaint to the RSA in confidence.