IMPORTANT NOTICE

Driving Test Update

Please note that our customer service agents cannot book or cancel driving tests over the phone or offer any updates on waiting times, so we kindly ask that you do not telephone our call centre for this information.

 

Update on Driving Test Services:

Please see update in relation to the gradual resumption of driving test services following the latest Government announcement on 29 May.  

 

Are you an essential worker who needs a test urgently?

If you are an essential worker who has already applied for a test and completed all of your driver training, please fill in this form and we will prioritise your application. Know more >

 

Need to add yourself to the driving test waiting list?

Please visit our new customer portal MyRoadSafety.ie to make an application and manage your booking.

 

Driver training queries

From 10 May 2021, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) will be allowed to offer Essential Driver Training (EDT) but only to essential workers, please fill in this form if you are an essential worker and want to complete EDT. The ADI portal will reopen from 10 May 2021. Know more >

 

 

Motorcyclists

Initial Basic Training (IBT) will resume from 10 May 2021 for all motorcyclists, not just essential workers, as will driver testing for all motorcycle categories. Know more >

 

 

Covid 19 Safety Measures

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

 

Six month rule

How long you need to hold a learner permit before you can apply for a test

What is it

First-time learner permit holders (in certain categories) must wait six months after the date of issue of the particular licence category before they can sit their driving test. In the past, some people took the test shortly after getting their first learner permit and research has shown that the more practice and experience a person gets, the better a driver they become.

This is particularly important if you have added a licence category to your permit as it is the date the category was added that is relevant not the date that your permit was issued.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have checked your permit details and that you are eligible to sit the test.

If you apply and turn up to sit your test and you are not eligible then you will lose your fee and have to re apply 

Who does it apply to

It applies to first-time learner permit holders for:

  • cars
  • motorcycles
  • works vehicles (eg, tractors, JCBs)

Initial Basic Training (IBT)

Where you opt to take Progressive Access (where you have held the lower category for a minimum of 2 years)  from category A1 to A2 or Category A2 to A and wish to take a driving test, you do not need to wait six months to sit the driving test.

Reduced Essential Driver Training (EDT) and/or Exemption from the 6 Month Rule

On 21 January, 2019 the RSA introduced a shorter EDT programme for foreign licence holders whose full licence from another country (jurisdiction) with which Ireland does not have an exchange agreement and may qualify for an exemption from EDT lessons 2,3,4,8,11 and 12.  For more information on EDT shortened programmes and/or exemption from 6 month wait to sit a driving test please click here and for an application form to apply for EDT shortened programme please click here.  Further information on EDT please click here.

 

How do I know when my six months are up

If you look at your learner permit you will see the code 991 on the restriction column and then also the date that the permit was issued for your particular licence category  -  You need to add 6 months to this date of issue.

Example:

In the example below, you can see a plastic card learner permit which has been issued on the 30th  January 2013, and the holder of the learner permit cannot sit their driving test until on or after the 30th July 2013 i.e. six months after the date of issue of the category.

plastic learner permit 

Why was it introduced...

Research shows that the longer a learner is supervised while driving, the less likely they are to be involved in a collision.

The rule was introduced into the Rules of the Road in 2007

It allows a learner driver to become a more experienced, and therefore most likely a safer driver.