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. 


Test appointments are solely by invitation

Test appointments are by invitation only so if you’re already on the driving test waiting list, no further action is needed. We’ll contact you directly when slots become available.


If you have received an invitation to book a test, need to cancel a test, or wish to join the waiting list, please go ahead and sign in to MyRoadSafety now.


Urgent tests for essential workers only

Under current restrictions, we can only offer tests to essential workers. If you’re an essential worker who has already applied for a test and completed all your driver training please fill in this form and we’ll prioritise your application.


If you’re not an essential worker and have an upcoming appointment scheduled, please cancel your test. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your fee and you will be kept on the waiting list. Know more


Covid-19 safety measures

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


Weather disruptions

Check if your driving test is affected by adverse weatherTests will be cancelled if conditions are unsafe.


Booking an NCT & Test Fees

Find out where your nearest test centre is located and how you can go about booking an NCT

Booking options

When your vehicle is due to be tested, you must book with the NCTS: they will then send you an SMS, email or letter with details of your test appointment.

You may book your NCT by any of the following methods

  • Internet:
  • Phone: 01 4135992 from 8am to 8pm (Mon-Thurs) and 8am to 6pm (Fri)
  • Email:
  • Fax: (01) 413-5982 (please remember to quote your booking ID and telephone number, if available).
  • Postal bookings: The Booking Department National Car Testing Service Ltd Citywest Business Campus Lake Drive 3026 Naas Road Dublin 24 If writing, please remember to quote your booking ID and telephone number, if available.

Test Centre Locations

There are 47 NCT test centres located throughout Ireland established solely for the purposes of private vehicle testing. Find the centre that is most convenient to you.

The Test Fees

The NCT fee for a full test is €55 and a re-test costs €28 (both fees are inclusive of VAT and maybe subject to change). All re-tests must be booked within 21 days of the initial test and completed within 30 days of the initial test.

Re-tests, which do not require the use of test equipment, will be free. Free re-tests cover items, for example, a visual inspection to check that faulty windscreen wipers have been replaced.

If you cancel / rearrange a confirmed appointment with less than five working days notice (Mon. - Fri., not including the day of the test) or fail to show up for the test, a €22 surcharge will be applied when you next bring your vehicle for testing. A similar surcharge of €11.50 will apply in the case of a re-test.

NCTS will accept cash, laser/Debit cards and all major credit cards (excluding American Express).

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