Applying for your driving test

The national average waiting time for a driving test is currently 6.1 weeks. As a result of the current high demand for driving tests, it may not always be possible to accommodate test candidates who have requested the short notice option.  If you have selected this option, we will be in contact with you as soon as an appointment becomes available.

Driving test application requirements

You can apply for a driving test online or by post.  Please note you cannot apply for your driving test by phone.

Before applying for your driving test online:

  • Verify that you are eligible to sit your test—6 month rule.
  • Make sure you have taken the mandatory lessons for certain motorcyclists (IBT) or car drivers (EDT).
  • Know your current, valid driver number.
  • Know your PPS number—this can be found on tax documents or your pay slip and it is often on correspondence from a social welfare or tax office.
  • You must have a valid debit or credit card (Visa and Mastercard are currently accepted).
  • If you are applying by post payments can be made by cheque, postal order or bank draft.


Apply online



Having problems applying online?  Click here to view our Frequently Asked Questions.

Your driver number is unique to you for all your licence records and can be obtained from the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS).

You can contact the NDLS online here, or by phone at 076 - 1087880

If you are still having problems applying for your test online, you may contact our driving test section by emailing DrivingTest@rsa.ie