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Apply for your driver theory test

How to apply and where to take your driver theory test.

You can apply for your driver theory test and take your test at one of 40 test centres nationwide. You can also apply for and take the driver theory test online


The Driver Theory Test

The learner driver theory test was introduced in 2001. By law, before applying for a learner permit, you must complete and pass a test of your general road safety knowledge and motoring legislation. It applies to anyone applying for a first learner permit in any vehicle category. 

    This test checks your knowledge of the road, driving, and safety-related topics. The test is computer-based and has been designed to be simple and intuitive to use.  You will have a chance to take a practice session on the day before starting on the actual test. If you have special needs please contact the Driver Theory Service and explain your requirements.

    Driver Theory Service contact:
    1890 606 106 (English language)
    1890 606 806 (Irish language)
    1890 616 216 (text phone – for the hearing-impaired)

    Accepted proof of identity

    Make sure you have the right form of identity to bring with you to your driver theory test. Otherwise you will not be able to take the test and will lose your test fee. 

    Before applying for your driver theory test check ID requirements for correct forms of identity.

    Booking your driver theory test 

    Before you book your driver theory test make sure you have:

    If you’re ready, book your driver theory test. 


    Online driver theory test

    Proproctor remote testing lets you sit your driver theory test from the comfort of your own home. Remote testing lets you choose where, when and how to take your driver theory test and it's completely secure.

    Beware of unofficial websites

    Beware of unofficial websites which appear to accept bookings for the driver theory test. These websites are fraudulent. For security, you should only book your test on the official driver theory test site.

    Driver theory test centres

    You can take your driver theory test at one of 40 test centre locations around the country. To find your nearest test centre view the centre locations map.  

    Information on current appointment times is available from the online booking page or by calling the information and booking line on 1890 606-106.  Available appointment times can vary between test centres. 

    Note: if you fail to arrive at the centre in time for your test appointment or cancel within five days of your test appointment you will lose your test fee.