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.



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01 April 2021

Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Services Update

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

Under Level 5 Covid-19 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.

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)

The Government has not classified the Driver Theory Test (DTT) as an essential service and consequently it is currently suspended during Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

Customers who have a Driver Theory Test scheduled will be contacted to notify them that their test will be rescheduled free of charge when the service resumes. Updates around the resumptionof tests will be published on

National Driver Licence Service (NDLS)

Under Covid-19 Level 5 Government restrictions you can attend an appointment at an NDLS centre provided you are an essential worker involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets. You can find details on what is included in the list of essential workers and retail outlets on

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.

Anyone who has an appointment at an NDLS centre  and who is an essential worker involved in the provision of essential services and retail outlets should attend their appointment as normal.

Anyone travelling to an NDLS centre to apply for or renew their driving licence or learner permit and is an essential worker is exempt from Level 5 travel restrictions. It may be useful to show proof of your appointment (the text or email you received as confirmation of your booking) if stopped by a member of An Garda Síochána on your way to attend your NDLS appointment .

Anyone looking to book an appointment at an NDLS centre and who is an essential worker can do so on We would ask that if you are not someone involved in the provision of essential services or essential retail outlets and you have an appointment that you please cancel your appointment here so the cancelled slot can be booked by an essential worker who needs to visit an NDLS centre. Please do not call or email the NDLS to cancel your appointment.

Customers are reminded that you can now  apply online at for all application types if you have a Public Service Card (PSC) a verified MyGovID account.

Those 70 years of age and over will be contacted directly by the NDLS and invited to renew their licence or permit by post, but also have the option of applying online if they have a have a Public Service Card (PSC) a verified MyGovID account.

National Car Testing Service (NCTS)

Under Government restrictions the National Car Testing Service (NCTS) has been identified as an essential service. Customers should attend an NCT centre as normal for their test appointment. Vehicle owners requiring retests should also attend at the NCT test centre as normal. Travel restrictions do not apply to attendance for an essential service.

Vehicle owners are reminded of the 4-month test extension. The National Car Testing Service (NCTS) has now updated all records for those customers’ vehicles that qualified for the 4-month test extension as announced by the Minister in April. A vehicle with a test due date on or after 28 March 2020 has now had their test date extended by 4 months.

A vehicle with a test due date on or after 28th March 2020 has now had their test 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

*Cars first registered on or after 1st August 2016 are not eligible for the 4 month extension

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 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
  • 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

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

  • The Interactive Road Safety Shuttle
  • Roll Over Simulator

Level 5 restrictions and Essential Driver Training

Under Level 5 government restrictions, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) are not permitted to provide Essential Driver Training (EDT), even to essential workers. The only time an ADI can offer their services is for a pre-test lesson - that is, to someone who has already completed their EDT and has a driving test appointment.

The ADI portal is closed

The ADI portal will remain closed until Government restrictions have been lifted so EDT sessions cannot be uploaded or updated at this time. Anyone who received Essential Driver Training during Level 5, did so in breach of Government restrictions. Therefore the RSA cannot enter into any correspondence seeking such sessions to be uploaded to the portal. Nor can we provide customers with correspondence to complete their EDT.

The RSA had no role or input in setting these restrictions. They have been put in place by Government and the relevant health authorities.


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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