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06 May 2021

Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Services Update

Update on RSA Services affected by updated  Level 5 Covid-19 Restrictions

The Government has decided on the safe and gradual and phased reopening of some driver services through the Road Safety Authority from the 10 of May.

Please see more here

Further details will be announced as they are finalised in the run-up to recommencing services on 10 May.

As of now under current restrictions, to prevent the spread of Covid-19, that have been put in place by Government, some Road Safety Authority (RSA) services have been classified as essential services.

The Government has classified The Driver Testing Service, the National Driver Licence Service, the National Car Testing Service and the Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing Service as essential services. Please see below for specific details around each service.

Driver Theory Test has not been categorised as an essential service but Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton TD have welcomed the gradual re-opening of in-person driver theory test centres after the 7th of June.

The list of essential services covering a broad range of areas and is available on

Where services are continuing customers can be assured that all services are being delivered in line with Government policy and health guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Please make sure you are aware of these restrictions before attending for appointments and please come prepared.

Below is an update on the status of RSA services during current Level 5 restrictions.

Driving Test

Under Covid-19 Level 5 Government restrictions you can attend your scheduled driving test appointment provided you are an essential worker. You can find details on what is included in the list of essential workers on

For more on Current Driving Test Booking Restrictions please see here

If you have a test appointment and are not an essential worker please cancel your test appointment. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your fee. We will save it as a service credit for you and you can use this to book a future driving test.  You can cancel your test by logging on to click on My Booking and then Cancel Booking and choose Non Essential Worker as the cancellation reason. If you have not already registered on you must do so before completing this action. The slot will then be reassigned to an essential worker.

Customers who have an appointment for a driving test during Level 5 restrictions, and who are an essential worker should attend their driving test as normal.

Anyone who is an essential worker can apply to book a driving test at  If there is no available slot and you have made an application you can ask to be prioritised by completing this application form

Anyone travelling to a driving test centre to sit a driving test, and who is an essential worker, is exempt from Level 5 travel restrictions. It may be useful to bring proof of your appointment if stopped by a member of An Garda Síochána on your way to or from your test.

While the driving test itself has not changed, there are elements of the service that are now different due to Covid-19. This is so that we can ensure the safety of our driver testers and our customers. To find out more, check out the video here.

For more information please see our Frequently asked questions here

Driver Theory Test (DTT)

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton TD have welcomed the gradual re-opening of in-person driver theory test centres after the 7th of June.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) will re-open its full network of 40 test centres with capacity being permitted at 25,000 driver theory tests per month. There are currently 120,000 customers booked to take their driver theory test.

Prior to Covid 19, the RSA provided 15,000 tests per month. In light of the significant backlog of customers, the RSA will gradually increase capacity in its test centres to 25,000 tests a month. The test centres have extensive Covid-19 measures in place to protect both customers and staff and to ensure the safe delivery of the service. It is hoped that capacity will gradually increase to 50,000 tests per month over time, if public health guidance permits.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said: “We are very conscious of the significant number of people waiting to take their driver theory test. The re-opening of in-person testing centres after the 7th of June will see the delivery of 25,000 tests initially with levels being permitted to increase to 50,000 in time.

The safety of customers and staff remains a priority as we look to carefully re-open this service for the public.” Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton said: “While it will take time for the theory test backlog to clear, the reopening of the centres and a gradual increase in the number of tests that can be conducted will go some way towards addressing the problem.

Test centres were managing 15,000 tests a month pre-covid while now we are going to facilitate 25,000 tests with the intention of allowing the RSA to increase that further to 50,000 as soon as possible.” The RSA has also recently extended its pilot scheme for online driver theory testing to cars and bikes and 4,000 such tests will be available each month.

Driving tests for essential workers will continue to be the priority for the driver testing service. In line with the reopening of services on a phased basis, capacity to provide driving tests for all those eligible to take a test, including non-essential workers, will be increased, beginning with those who have been waiting longest.

An additional 40 driving testers will be available from next month, and the Department and RSA will keep the situation under review. For more information on the driver theory test, visit .

The Driver Theory Test Service has details of all customer bookings so there is no need to contact the theory test service. They will be in touch directly with all customers who have bookings. Further details will be made available in the coming days.

The Driver Theory test Service has extended its pilot online theory test service to allow customers to sit a driver theory test from the comfort of their own home for all vehicle category theory tests. During the pilot phase remote online testing will be available initially on a limited basis. There will be a limit of up to 4,000 per month that can avail of the service during the initial pilot phase. Extra capacity will be added later in the year to allow more customers to sit their theory test remotely.

Please note an online theory test can only be booked via The call centre team members cannot create an online testing appointment for you. The online testing service is available to all candidates on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Please note you will need to follow the technological, environmental and security requirements to be able to test via online testing (more details available on


National Driver Licence Service (NDLS)

National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres continues to remain open for essential workers only. However, from Monday 17 May they will re-open for all customers.

NDLS customers who have a Public Services Card or MyGovID can apply online at Customers are reminded that due to public health measures in place to tackle the spread of the Covid -19, walk-in appointments are no longer available in NDLS centres. You must book an appointment to attend an NDLS centre.

You can book an appointment at A further extension to the expiry dates of driving licences was announced on 24 February 2021. The extension comes as the EU and national Governments take steps in response to the disruption caused by Covid-19 to driver licensing services across the EU.

The extension will apply to different groups of licence holders including those who benefited from previous extensions in 2020. Drivers can see if they qualify for the extension by using the expiry date calculator on Enter the expiry date printed on your driving licence into the calculator and it will tell you the new expiry date.

The RSA has also told Insurance Ireland and An Garda Síochána about the new expiry date of driving licences. More details on the extension and who qualifies can be found here.

A decision on extensions for learner permit expiry dates has not been finalised. If there is a development the details will be posted on and Processing times for the majority of permit and licence applications received are now running at the normal 3 – 5 day average turn around time.

However, some driving licence applications, were taking longer than usual, these are typically foreign licence exchange (where we may have to contact the original licensing authority) and those requiring further supporting documentation to be submitted.

National Car Testing Service (NCTS)

Due to Covid-19, all compliant vehicles had their test date extended by 4 months. A vehicle with a test due date on or after 28 March 2020 has now had their test due date extended by 4 months. 
See example below:

Original NCT Expiry Date New NCT Test Due Date
28 December 2020 28 April 2021
10 March 2021 10 July 2021
15 June 2021 15 October 2021

Note:  All Cars first registered on or after 1st August 2016 are not eligible for the 4-month extension.

Customers should note this change and are encouraged to check their new test due date on the Check NCT Due Date section on the NCTS website before booking their test.

NCTS are reminding customers that if they book a test that is more than 90 days earlier than the test due date, the test will be a voluntary early test and the NCT certificate issued will be valid for 1 or 2 years (depending on the age of the vehicle) from the date of the successful test.  NCTS are asking customers to note carefully the website messages they receive throughout the course of the booking process.

See here for frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the resumption of the National Car Testing Service.


Commercial Vehicle  Roadworthiness Testing (CVRT)

The Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing service (CVRT) has been identified as an essential service and centres remain open. Anyone with an appointment to attend a CVRT centre should attend as normal and are exempt from Level 5 travel restrictions.

It may be useful to bring proof of your appointment if stopped by a member of An Garda Síochána on your way to your test. See here for frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the resumption of Commercial Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing. 

Commercial vehicle owners have the responsibility to ensure their vehicle(s) are maintained in a roadworthy condition when used on a public road. Further information on vehicle maintenance can be found here.

RSA Enforcement Activity

RSA enforcement activities will be continuing as normal under Covid19 Level 5 restrictions.

For more information on RSA Enforcement click here –


Tachograph Card Applications

The RSA are continuing to process Tachograph card applications without any current delays. Our processing team are working remotely which may result in delays going forward, but we will endeavour to keep any delays to a minimum. To assist with this, it is vital that all applications for driver cards are correctly completed and all requested supporting documentation being supplied is in order. The RSA recommends that applicants use the on-line digital tachograph system apply here rather than the traditional paper-based application forms.


Education Services

The following RSA education services are available virtually:

  • The child car seat checking service - Check it Fits , click here for more information
  • The National Road Safety Education Service, please email [email protected] for further details.
  • Primary and Secondary Teacher led road safety education programmes through our Virtual Learning Environment – please visit
  • StreetSmart – ‘bringing road safety to life in a fun way for young children’ – for more information or to book a virtual  StreetSmart experience, please email [email protected]
  • CORE – RSA Virtual Hub – a 3D event space offering a first-class road safety learning experience for all age groups.  For more information, please email [email protected]

However, it is unfortunate the following education services are suspended at this time:

  • The Interactive Road Safety Shuttle
  • Roll Over Simulator

Essential Driver Training

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has today Friday 7 May confirmed that following the recent decision by government on the gradual reopening of road safety services, ‘essential workers’ can take Essential Driver Training (EDT) lessons with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) from this Monday 10 May.

The RSA can confirm that the resumption of EDT lessons will apply to any essential workers who want to start the EDT process as well as those who had already commenced their EDT before Level 5 restrictions were imposed. It also extends to essential workers in the process of undertaking lessons in preparation for Car, HGV and Bus tests.

As previously allowed by Government, ADI’s can continue to deliver pre-test lessons to essential workers. Those learners in the non-essential category may not take EDT sessions / lessons as restrictions remain in place for this group.

Customers can find details on what is included in the list of essential workers on

The RSA has put in place a process which will facilitate the new direction from Government, that allows ‘essential workers’ to take EDT lessons. Specifically, we have developed a form, which can be downloaded from the RSA website, which essential workers must complete to ‘self-declare’ their essential worker status.

When completed it must be provided (hard copy or electronic) to their ADI in advance of their EDT training. The self-declaration form only needs to be provided once by the learner driver to an ADI, it does not need to be provided before each session/lesson. The form should be kept on file by the ADI as the RSA may seek confirmation that a candidate has signed the ‘self-declaration’ confirming that they are an essential worker.

The RSA will reopen its EDT Online Portal, at 12pm on 10 May, to allow ADIs to upload EDT sessions completed by essential workers.  Details of the recommencement of EDT sessions by essential workers has been communicated to ADIs by the RSA.

The government has also directed that driving tests for essential workers continue to be the priority for the driver testing service. However, in line with the gradual reopening of services, driving tests for those customers who fall into the ‘non-essential’ category are being allowed to recommence in a limited fashion.

It is expected that the earliest invitations for test appointments will be issued to these customers will be later in May. This is likely to cover customers who applied for a test about a year ago.

Customers will be invited by the RSA to book a test based on having completed their full programme of 12 Essential Driver Training (EDT) sessions and length of time waiting, i.e. those waiting longest will be invited first. There is no need for customers to contact the RSA, we have all the necessary details already and will contact them directly when it is their turn.

We understand that people have been waiting sometime for these services but would ask customers for their patience as plans are put in place to gradually re-open services over the coming weeks. Information will be posted on the RSA website as these plans are finalised.

Unfortunately, the RSA does not have further information at this time, and we would ask customers not to call the RSA. Further details will be announced as they are finalised in the run-up to services recommencing.

Initial Basic Training for Motorcyclists

Initial Basic Training (IBT), the programme of mandatory lessons that all learner motorcyclists must complete with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) before sitting a driving test, can resume from 10 May. The RSA continues to deliver motorcycle testing.

Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

The Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) periodic training has been identified as an essential service and CPC centres remain open. Drivers with scheduled training should attend as normal for their CPC training and if attending they are exempt from Level 5 travel restrictions.

Due to the continued Covid-19 situation, with effect from 6 March 2021 Driver CPC cards will be further extended by EU Regulation. This means that Driver CPC cards that expired or will expire between 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021 will be extended by 10 months. In addition, Driver CPC cards that expired during the initial period 1 February 2020 and 31 August 2020 (which were extended for 7 months) and will fall to expire again during the period 1 September 2020 and 31 March 2021 will be extended again for 6 months or until 1 July 2021 whichever is the latest. Please see more here


Emergency Services Driving Standard (ESDS)

In respect of the recently announced  Covid-19 Level 5 Restrictions which are presently in place until end of January 2021- please note  ESDS Practical Assessments will not be carried out during this period.

The ESDS Unit apologies for any inconvenience caused and all assessments will be rescheduled for drivers that are affected by this restriction.

RSA’s guidance on fitting Perspex panels or other physical barriers to the interior of a vehicle during the Covid19 pandemic

If you are considering fitting your vehicle with perspex panels or any other physical barriers during the Covid19 pandemic, you should contact the vehicle’s original manufacturer or authorised distributor. They are best placed to advise if there are any safety implications or if it is possible to carry out the proposed fitting without affecting the performance of the vehicle’s safety features, e.g. airbags etc. You must also ensure that such any installation does not present a danger to the driver, occupants or any other road user. It is important to remember that, under Irish road traffic regulations it is the responsibility of the owner and or driver to ensure that their vehicle is maintained in a roadworthy condition at all times when used in a public place.

Glazing for motor vehicles must meet with the requirements of UNECE Regulation 43 - Uniform provisions concerning the approval of safety glazing materials and their installation on vehicles. This Regulation sets out standards for safety glazing materials intended for installation as windscreens or other panes, or as partitioning. See extract below taken from this regulation regarding the general requirements for safety glazing;

General Requirements
6.1. All glazing materials, including glazing material for the manufacture of windscreens, shall be such that, in the event of shattering, the danger of bodily injury is reduced as far as possible. The glazing material shall be sufficiently resistant to the incidents likely to occur in normal traffic, and to atmospheric and temperature conditions, chemical action, combustion and abrasion.
6.2. Safety glazing materials shall in addition be sufficiently transparent, shall not cause any noticeable distortions of objects as seen through the windscreen, and shall not give rise to any confusion between the colours used in road-traffic signs and signals. In the event of the windscreen's shattering, the driver shall still be able to see the road clearly enough to be able to brake and stop his vehicle safely.

Please note the regular light transmittance in the case of a windscreen and other glazing that is located in a position requisite for driving visibility shall not be less than 70%.

It should be noted that if such panels or glazing is being fitted to a vehicle that is used for ‘hire and reward’ i.e. commercial purposes it is classed as a work place environment and will be governed by health and safety legislation. It may be useful to contact the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) for information on additional health and safety / legal obligations that arise on this issue. See here their webpage on Driving for Work and their contact details here

 The RSA refers you to the HSE Coronavirus- COVID-19 Public Health Advice and Guidance as per the following link;


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