IMPORTANT NOTICE

Driving Test Update

Please note that our customer service agents cannot manage driving tests over the phone, so we kindly ask you not to call for this information. Driving tests should be managed directly through MyRoadSafety.ie

 

When will I get a driving test?

We’ve launched a new online tool that estimates when you will be invited to book your car driving test. You must already be on the waiting list and eligible to sit a test. Know more >

 

Need to add yourself to the driving test waiting list?

Please sign up or log into our new customer portal MyRoadSafety.ie to apply for a driving test and add yourself to the waiting list. This video will show you how

 

Covid-19 safety measures

We have put in place Covid-19 safety measures for the driving test which must be followed or your appointment will not go ahead. Know more>

 

Regulations

The regulations that apply to driving instructors and why they are necessary.

Driving instruction regulations

New laws have been drawn up under the Road Traffic Act 1968 which, for the first time, regulate driving instructors in Ireland.

On 1 May 2009, it became an offence for a professional instructor to teach someone to drive unless the instructor is on the RSA’s Register of Approved Driving Instructors.

Instructors who are not registered with the RSA as ADIs face a fine of up to €2,000 or six months’ imprisonment, or both, if convicted in a court of providing lessons for reward.

Until you receive your ADI full permit, you may not advertise yourself as a Driving Instructor.

These regulations guarantee and standardise the quality and skills of instructors across the country. It is a crucial part of our efforts to make the roads safer. The quality of driving instruction in Ireland directly affects road safety so it’s vital that every instructor meets a minimum standard.

The regulatory system has three elements:

  • A three-part ADI exam consisting of driver theory, driving practice and an ‘ability-to-instruct’ test
  • Tax clearance (tax clearance certificate must be produced as proof of tax compliance)
  • Garda vetting (to safeguard younger learner-drivers)

The regulation process applies to individual instructors and not to driving schools.

Garda vetting form