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. 

 

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.

 

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