Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Driver Testing Service

Under Covid19 Level 5 Government restrictions effective from midnight on Wednesday 21 October, for six weeks, you can attend your scheduled driving test appointment provided you are an essential worker involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets. You can view the list of essential services at Level 5 on 

Cancelling your Test

If you are not involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets, please cancel you test appointment here.

Waiting for a Test Date?

We are experiencing a high demand for driving tests at the moment. If you have submitted a driving test application we will be in touch with an appointment date, there is no need to contact us.

Need a test urgently?

If you are an essential worker and require an urgent test in connection with that work, then you can request a test here.  

Digital Tachograph driver card

Digital 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.

Apply for a digital tachograph driver card

Apply now for a digital tachograph driver card or read on to find out more about the digital tachograph driver card.

About the digital tachograph driver card

The personal digital tachograph driver card is a credit card-sized plastic card that contains a microchip. The card can store all relevant driver data required for EU Drivers’ Hours regulations including break and rest times.

Important details

Your driver card:

  • Is unique to the individual driver and valid for five years,
  • Can store information for 28 days,
  • Can only be used by its owner, ie. the driver authorised to use it,
  • May be suspended or withdrawn by an enforcement officer if the card has been falsified, if the person using the card is not the legal holder of the card, or if the card has been obtained by false declaration or forged documents,
  • Must be made available to enforcement officers on request.

How to use your digital tachograph driver card

Before a journey begins (eg, when loading/unloading or driving) you must insert your driver card into the appropriate slot in the digital tachograph unit.

Where a vehicle is double-manned, both driver and co-driver slots are used.

Similar to an analogue tachograph, a digital tachograph will record your activities such as driving, other work, breaks and rest.

When you are doing manual entry of data into the tachograph you will be asked (via the units menu) if you have driven any other vehicle that day and must select whether it was by digital or analogue-recorded method.

If you are driving a vehicle fitted with an analogue tachograph you should have a chart to record your activities.

Downloading data

Data must be downloaded from the driver card every 28 days. A transport undertaking shall ensure that the data from their drivers’ digital tachograph card is downloaded every 28 days. A self employed driver must download the data from their digital tachograph card every 28 days. The data must be retained for inspection by enforcement officers for a period of at least 12 months.

Agency drivers

In you work for more than one company, you need to download data every 28 days from the driver card and retain it for inspection.

RSA Prosecutions

The RSA is responsible for enforcing EU and national transport legislation on tachographs, EU driver hour rules, Road transport working time directive and the licensing of road haulage and passenger operators to engage in hire and reward operations. Since 2009 the RSA have initiated prosecutions against drivers and operators in respect of breaches of this legislation details of which can be found in our prosecutions section.

Digital Tachograph card application