The Theory Test

What you need to know about this key knowledge test for learner drivers. There are also theory tests for RSA approved driving instructors (ADI) and professional drivers (CPC).


Pilot Phase of New Remote Testing option for Bus, Truck, CPC and ADI Theory Tests

The Driver Theory test Service are rolling out a pilot phase of a new initiative, ProProctor, to allow customers to sit a driver theory test from the comfort of their own home for bus, truck, CPC and ADI theory tests. During the pilot phase remote testing will be available initially on a limited basis and extra capacity will be added as it is rolled out to allow more customers to sit their bus, truck, CPC or ADI theory test remotely. Following a review of the Pilot Phase we expect this initiative to be extended for car and motorcycles in the future.  Learn More here


Driver Theory Test

The learner driver theory test was introduced in 2001. By law, before applying for a learner permit, candidates must complete and pass a test of their general road safety knowledge and motoring legislation. It applies to anyone applying for a first learner permit in any vehicle category.

The test is designed to check knowledge of topics such as:

  • Rules of the Road
  • Risk perception
  • Eco-driving
  • Hazard awareness
  • Good driving behaviour

The test is computer-based and has been designed to be simple and intuitive to use.  You will have a chance to take a practice session on the day before starting on the actual test. If you have special needs please contact the Driver Theory Service and explain your requirements.

Driver Theory Service contact:
1890 606 106 (English language)
1890 606 806 (Irish language)
1890 616 216 (text phone – for the hearing-impaired)

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