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Learner Drivers

Apply for your first learner permit

What you need to know about your first learner permit and how to apply

Before you can apply for your learner permit you must pass a driver theory test.

You need to apply for your learner permit within two years of passing your theory test or you will have to repeat it and pay another fee.

Your learner permit allows you to drive on all public roads, except motorways and you must display L plates. It is against the law for you to drive unaccompanied and penalty points apply. Know more >

How to apply for your first learner permit

You can now quickly and easily apply for your learner permit online. No need to complete paper forms, make appointments or visit an NDLS centre in person.

Important: you must have passed a driver theory test before you can apply for a learner permit. 

To apply for a first-time learner permit online you will need the following: 

Apply online with MyGovID

 To apply for a first-time learner permit in person at any NDLS centre you will need the following:

You will also need to book an appointment to attend one of our 34 National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres nationwide

Book an appointment to attend NDLS centre

Driving test eligibility

Remember, you need to have held your first learner permit for at least six months and completed any Essential Driver Training (EDT) or Initial Basic Training (IBT) before you can sit a driving test.

reduced EDT programme is available for drivers who currently hold a full car licence (category B) from a country that does not have a licence exchange agreement with Ireland.