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.
The more you prepare, the better your chances of passing first time
While waiting for your test, it's a good idea to keep learning and practicing. Not only will this help you pass first time but it will also make you a better, safer driver.
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.
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 which you need to bring to your driving test appointment. If it is a first-time learner permit you must have held it for at least six months
- completed Essential Driver Training (EDT) for your chosen car category (if you obtained your first learner permit on or after 4 April 2011)
- completed Initial Basic Training (IBT) for your chosen motorcycle category (if you obtained your first learner permit on or after the 6 December 2010). The IBT certificate must be in date and completed for the correct category of motorcycle for your test.
You can check the validity of your learner permit in your MyRoadSafety account and view the status of your driver training in MyEDT (cars only). All EDT sessions must be uploaded by your instructor before you can sit a 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 Essential Driver Training or Initial Basic Training, we will have to cancel your test five days before your appointment date. Don’t worry, 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.
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.
The video below will show you what to expect on the day of your driving test.
Please also familiarise yourself with our important guidance information leaflet. If you do not meet these requirements on the day, it could result in your test not going ahead.
Getting pre-test calls during Covid-19 restrictions
As part of our Covid-19 procedures, your driver tester will call you on the mobile number you provided in your booking application. Please make sure this number is correct. If you need to update your mobile phone details please do so at least 24 hours before your test. To check your details please sign up or log onto our customer portal MyRoadSafety and go to the 'My Profile' page. Otherwise the tester won't be able to call you, your test won't go ahead and you may lose your fee.
Before you arrive at the driving test centre, make sure:
- you have your mobile device switched on and set to allow calls from a private number as your driver tester will use this number to contact you at your appointed time
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
You can now easily manage all your driver services, tests, permits and licences online on MyRoadSafety.