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Only Essential Workers should sit Driving Test in Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions

Driving test 22.01.2021

RSA urges non-essential workers to cancel their test and guarantees they won’t lose fee

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has today Friday 22 January 2021, issued a reminder to all driving test customers with a driving test appointment, that under Covid-19 Level 5 Government restrictions, they can only attend their driving test appointment if they are an essential worker.

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

Mr. Sam Waide, Chief Executive, RSA said “Adhering to the Government’s public health guidance during this challenging time is vital. Therefore, if you have a test appointment and are not an essential worker please cancel your test appointment. You can do this by logging on to, Don’t worry, you won’t lose your fee and you can use it at a later date to book a test appointment.”

“As a non-essential worker, by cancelling your test appointment we can ensure that the service continues to operate as specified by Government and cater only for those who need it most during the current Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions. The slot can then be reassigned to someone involved in essential service and retail.”

Anyone who is an essential worker can apply to book a driving test at  If there is no available slot you can opt to be placed on a waiting list by completing this application form.

For anyone who has already applied for a driving test and is on the driving test waiting list, please wait for the RSA to contact you directly to make your booking. Driving test appointments are limited only to those who have been invited to book a driving test. If you do wish to check availability, we would ask that customers do so during off peak times i.e. early or late in the day to avoid site congestion.

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.

Customers are also being urged to check any communications they receive from the RSA ahead of their test to ensure they arrive properly prepared for the 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.