What it is and how to prepare
About the driving test and helping you to prepare for it.The driving test checks your knowledge of the Rules of the Road, your ability to drive competently and safely in accordance with those rules and with regard for other road users. The test takes about 65 to 100 minutes depending on the vehicle category. It's a combination of questions to test your knowledge and a practical test of your driving skills and awareness.
You must be eligible to sit a test
To be eligible to sit your driving test you must meet a number of requirements. You must have:
- a valid learner permit and if it's a first-time car or motorbike learner permit you must have held it for at least six months.
- completed Essential Driver Training (EDT) for cars (if you got your first learner permit on or after 4 April 2011) and all EDT sessions must be uploaded by your instructor to the MyEDT portal.
- completed Initial Basic Training (IBT) for motorbikes (if you got your first learner permit on or after 6 December 2010). The IBT certificate must be in date and completed for the correct category of motorcycle for your test.
Your appointment will be cancelled if you're not eligible
If you have a driving test scheduled but have not yet completed all of your required training we will cancel your test five days before your appointment date. You won’t lose your fee and you will be kept on our waiting list. We will email you another booking invitation after you’ve met this requirement.
Preparation is key
The more you prepare, the better your chances of passing first time and it will also make you a better, safer driver. While waiting for your test, you should keep learning and practicing.
The video below offers lots of advice and tips to help you get ready for your driving test.
To prepare for your driving test you should:
- revise the Rules of the Road as they play a part in your driving test
- study our test preparation booklet and driving test checklist
- use the services of your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) for pre-test advice
- practice driving on all types of road (except motorways) and in all types of traffic situations accompanied by your ADI or sponsor, including driving at night.
- watch our learning to drive videos to learn more about becoming a safe, socially responsible driver.
The driving test and Covid procedures
While the driving test itself has not changed, there are elements of the service that must now be delivered differently due to Covid-19. This is so that we can protect our driver testers and our customers.
Please familiarise yourself with our guidance information leaflet. If you don't meet these requirements, it could result in your test not going ahead.
On the day of your test, please arrive early and make your way directly into the test centre.
What to do if you have Covid-19 or have Covid-19 symptoms
Cancel your driving test on MyRoadSafety.ie selecting ‘Covid-19’ as your reason. You won’t lose your fee and you will automatically be sent another invitation. Please book the new appointment for a date after your isolation period.
If you are attending for a motorcycle test you will need to bring an ear piece with you. Please read our Radio Earpieces for Motorcycle Testing leaflet for more detailed information.
Preparing your vehicle
You need to provide a vehicle for your driving test and be insured to drive it. The vehicle must be in a roadworthy condition and meet all other requirements for the test. Read more about how to prepare your vehicle for your driving test.
Driving test fees by licence category are:
|A, A2, A1, B, BE, AM, W||€85|
|All other categories||€120|
|CPC (bus and truck)|
(driving test part 1: €120
driving test part 2: €32)
While you may be nervous at the thought of doing your driving test, we know from experience that preparation is the key to success. If you prepare well in advance with your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), this will help increase your chances of passing your test.
Your driving test will require you to:
- answer questions on the Rules of the Road including identifying road signs
- demonstrate hand signals
- reverse your vehicle around a corner
- make safe and reasonable progress
- perform a vehicle turnabout manoeuvre
- perform a hill start
- drive approximately 8km (5 miles) in a variety of road and traffic conditions
Aspects of your driving that will be assessed include:
- road positioning
- overtaking and passing
- anticipation and observation
- use of mirrors and signals
- progress speed
- compliance with traffic lights, road signs and markings
- use of the vehicle controls, i.e. accelerator, clutch, gears, brakes and steering
- use of secondary controls such as wipers, de-misters, etc.
If you have any worries or concerns in relation to the driving test, it is important you talk to the RSA.
You can also contact the Driving Test Section by post at:
Driver Testing Section
Road Safety Authority
Moy Valley Business Park
Primrose Hill Dublin Road
To avoid disappointment on the day, you must prepare fully and be familiar with all of the requirements for your driving test.
These are the most common reasons why a driving test may not be conducted:
- Invalid or expired insurance - you must display a valid, original insurance disc (white background with a green band along the left-hand side). This must clearly show the registration number (or fleet name) of your vehicle and the policy date.
- Invalid original motor tax disc.
- Invalid NCT disc or CVRT disc, (if applicable) - About the National Car Test (NCT)
- No L-plates on the front and rear of your vehicle - you must display L-plates to the front and rear of the vehicle at all times while driving. The plate should be a red 'L' on a white background and should not be less than 15cm high with a border of at least 2cm) motorcyclists must wear a yellow tabard (vest) displaying an L-plate on the front and back.
- No learner permit - you must have a valid learner permit for the category of driving test you are undertaking.
Please read our Checklist for your driving test leaflet for useful tips on how to fully prepare yourself for your driving test.
You can now easily manage all your driver services, tests, permits and licences online on MyRoadSafety.