How to apply for your driving test
Driving test applications can be made online through MyRoadSafety.
You can apply for your driving test by signing up or logging in to our customer portal MyRoadSafety.ie and the video below will show you how. Please note that we are unable to schedule driving tests over the phone or by email.
Once you have registered on our portal, you can set your driving goal and proceed to the 'Driving test' step to book a test. If no suitable test dates are available at your chosen centre you can request to be placed on the waiting list. When new driving test slots become available, we will email you a booking invitation. Know more >
You can also download a driving test application form below and post it, along with the correct fee, to the address provided.RSA Driving Test Postal Application Form (English) pdf | 2755 KB RSA Driving Test Postal Application Form (Irish) pdf | 2762 KB
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.
You can ask the RSA to organise an interpreter for you or advise us that you are bringing an interpreter with you.
When making your application for a driving test you must tell us that you will be using an interpreter, otherwise your test will not go ahead and you may forfeit your fee.
You are also allowed an interpreter to be present at the following sections of your driving test:
- 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.
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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Please don't telephone for driving test bookings or updates
Our customer service agents are unable to book or cancel driving tests over the phone so we kindly ask you not to call for this information. Instead please visit MyRoadSafety.ie to manage your driving test or get updates on your appointment.