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Getting Started

Driver Theory Test

First and foremost apply to the Driver Theory Test Centre to sit your Driver Theory Test. Please see below for contact details. This is a test whereby you will be asked questions on the rules of the road etc. on a computer.

You can get a list of all the questions in the Official Driving Theory Test book or CD-ROM available in any good bookstore or on the internet.

Apply online: or Phone: 1890 606 106

Learner's Permit

When you have passed your theory test you can now apply for your Learner's Permit. You will need this learners permit to legally drive on the road. Applications for the learner permit can be sought at NDLS Office or at your local Garda Station.

The information you need will be written on the back of your application form with a checklist. These are:

After you have did this you will be issued with a receipt of application. Note: This is not a learner permit and should not be taken as such. You should receive your permit within 10 days.

Now that you have received your learner's permit you are ready to start taking driving lessons.

Applying for your Driving Test

When applying for your Driving Test there are a few things you need to know:

Once you have completed your driving lessons and you feel you're driving is now at a competent standard, then it's time to apply for your driving test.

Please see below for ways in which to apply:


The waiting time for the driving test is approximately 8 to 12 weeks depending on the area you wish to be tested, although you are not guaranteed to get the area you want. When you get your test date, be sure to book your pre-test course early, to ensure availability.

Note: there might be a cancellation and you could get a test date sooner than you expected so bear that in mind.

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