How to apply for and book your test
You must first apply for a driving test and then wait for your invitation to book an appointment.
To apply for your driving test, please sign up or log in to our MyRoadSafety.ie customer portal. The video below will show you how. We're unable to schedule driving tests over the phone or by email but you can still apply by post.
How to apply for a test
Once you've successfully logged into MyRoadSafety you should set your licence goal (e.g. car or motorbike) and then proceed to the 'Driving test' step to apply for a test.
If there are no suitable dates at your chosen test centre you can try another centre or request to be placed on the waiting list. When new slots become available, we will email you an invitation to book a test.
Alternatively, you can download a driving test application form below and post it, along with the correct fee, to the address listed in the form.
RSA Driving Test Postal Application Form (English) pdf | 2582 KB RSA Driving Test Postal Application Form (Irish) pdf | 2588 KB
How to book a test
You must wait to receive your email invitation to book a test. Our estimator will give you an idea of when to expect this, provided you're already on the waiting list and eligible to sit a test.
Once you receive your booking invitation, you need to log in to MyRoadSafety.ie to select your test appointment. Please familiarise yourself with our terms and conditions before booking.
You have 10 days to select an appointment before the booking invitation expires. If you're not ready to sit your test, don't worry, you can hold off booking and add yourself to the invitation queue at a later time.
To apply for a driving test and add yourself to the waiting list, visit MyRoadSafety.ie and follow these steps:
Log in or sign up using your verified MyGovID or register your details with the RSA. If you have any difficulties, please read our registration and login FAQs.
Choose your vehicle category (e.g. car, bus, truck) and set your goal
Scroll down to the driving test step and click on 'book a driving test'
Choose your test centre. If there are no appointment slots available click on 'join waiting list'
When appointment slots become available at your chosen test centre, we’ll email you an invitation to book a test.
How to join the waiting list
Please note: We are aware of an issue with our payment provider Global Payments where some customers may be charged more than once for their driving test fee. We are working to resolve this issue and we are in the process of refunding the additional payments made back to the credit/debit card from which you made the payment. Please note it can take up to 7 days for these refunds to be processed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Read our MyRoadSafety FAQs for help and guidance.
If you have applied for your driving test and are on the waiting list, please wait for us to contact you by email.
When applying for your driving test you will need the following:
- your learner permit. You’ll need to supply your driver number to apply for your driving test. This is the number listed at 4(d) on your learner permit
- your Personal Public Service number (PPSN)
- a valid debit or credit card (Visa or Mastercard) to pay your driving test fee online
If you would like your driving test to be conducted through the Irish language, please:
- indicate this when you book online
- if you are booking your test by post, complete the Irish language version of the driving test booking form and indicate on the form that you wish to have your test conducted through Irish
You should notify the RSA's Driver Testing Section in advance if you:
- have a severe hearing problem
- have restricted movements or a disability which could affect your driving
- drive an adapted vehicle.
We can then make any necessary arrangements for you. This will ensure you don't face any delays on the day of your test.
You should also note that if the vehicle you use for the test is adapted to suit a disability (e.g., it has additional controls), this will be recorded on your full driving licence.
You can bring an interpreter to the first (oral) part of the test if:
- English is not your first language.
- You are deaf or hard of hearing.
When booking your test select 'Add special accommodation' to let us know, otherwise your test may not be able to go ahead on the day and you will lose your fee.
An interpreter can be present at the following sections of your driving test only:
- the technical checks
- secondary controls
- in-car checks
- hand signals (which will be conducted at the desk).
This person must be at least 16 years of age and must not be an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). They cannot accompany you on the practical driving element of your test.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can ask the RSA to organise an interpreter for you if needed.
To apply for your driving test by post:
- Download the application form in English or Irish
- Complete the form in full
- Include your payment by bank draft, postal order, money order made payable to the Road Safety Authority
- Post your completed form and payment to: Driver Testing Section, Road Safety Authority, Primrose Hill, Dublin Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo, F26 V6E4.
At the moment emergency driving test appointments can only be offered to critical frontline workers. If you are employed by the HSE, a private hospital or the emergency services and need to drive as part of your job (not including commuting to your place of work) you can request an emergency test
If you’re a critical frontline worker who has not yet applied for a driving test, you need to:
- Register or log in to MyRoadSafety.ie
- Apply for a driving test and add yourself to the waiting list
- Request an emergency test
You must have completed all driver training before sitting a driving test
Even if you're a critical frontline worker, you must have completed all 12 of your Essential Driver Training (EDT) sessions before sitting your car driving test. You must have completed Initial Basic Training (IBT) before sitting your motorcycle driving test.
If your request for an emergency test is successful
You will be placed on a priority list, and we will email you a booking invitation when driving test appointments become available.
If your request for an emergency test is unsuccessful
Don’t worry, you’re still on the driving test waiting list and we will email you a booking invitation when we reach your application in the queue.
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