IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

Closure of driving test application system from Thursday 26 November 2020.  

Our brand new customer portal, MyRoadSafety will go live on Monday 30 November 2020. This will give you access to all of our digital services, including a new and improved driving test booking system.

MyRoadSafety allows you to safely manage your driver information, test bookings, permits and licences from the comfort of your own home.   However, to prepare for this move we‘ll have to close our current driving test application system and ask for your patience while we get things up and running for you. We expect the portal to be available at 2pm on Monday.

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 www.gov.ie 

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.  

The Test Result

Find out more about what your test result means and what to do if your vehicle has failed its test.

Categorisation of Deficiencies into Minor, Major & Dangerous

In accordance with EU Directive 2014/45, introduced May 2018. defects found during the course of the NCT are classified as minor, major or dangerous and appear in this format on your NCT Vehicle Inspection Report.

Minor Result

Should you receive this result, it means that the vehicle has passed the test with minor faults recorded. The vehicle should be repaired and represented at the test centre for a re-check before a NCT Certificate can be issued.

Major Result

Previously classified as a Fail Refusal:  The vehicle presenter will be advised that the vehicle has failed the NCT. The vehicle owner will have 30 days in order to have the item(s) repaired and return the vehicle to the centre for re-inspection. Note the re-inspection must be booked within 21 days of the initial test.

An NCT Certificate will not be issued until the vehicle is returned for a re-test and passes. Vehicles not presented within the 30-day period will be required to under-go a full test.

Dangerous Result

Previously classified as Fail Dangerous: Vehicles with dangerous defects identified constitute a direct and immediate risk to road safety such that, the vehicle should not be used on the road under any circumstances.

A sticker stating failed dangerous will be affixed to the vehicle by the Vehicle Inspector. The vehicle must be repaired, presented for re-inspection and pass before an NCT Certificate can be issued.

It is illegal for a vehicle to be driven on a public road with dangerous defects, which means the driver may incur penalty points and a court appearance if caught by An Garda Síochána.

The NCT Certificate

On successfully passing your test you will be issued with an NCT Certificate. The NCT certificate contains a detachable disc which you must display on the windscreen of your vehicle. You should keep the certificate safe and be able to present it on request to member of An Garda Siochana.

Further information on the items inspected in the NCT please refer to the NCT Testers Manual 2018 (PDF)  

Retests & Re-checks

All re-tests must be booked within 21 days of the initial test and completed within 30 days. Re-tests which do not require the use of a test lane, will be free of charge otherwise the re-test fee is €28.00. Free re-tests will cover minor visual items for example, replacement of windscreen wiper and registration plates.

If a re-test is not completed within 30 days of the initial test the full test must be repeated and will be charged accordingly.

Vehicles which require a re-check due to minor defects can be presented at any time for re-inspection. There is no fee for a re-check.