Since 2001, all learner permit applicants are required to sit a computer based Driver Theory. In order to secure the learners permit, you must pass the test on road safety knowledge and legislation
How do I prepare for the exam?
In order to prepare for the exam you can use the Driver Theory Test book in conjunction with the Rules of the road book.
Can I do a mock exam?
Yes, we have a large selection of multiple choice questions covering most of the questions asked. However, the official driver theory test is available on CD ROM from Prometric Ireland Ltd.
What can I expect in the exam?
In the test you are required to answer 40 questions. You must answer at least 35 correctly in order to pass. In the test you will be given a choice of four answers, whereby you choose the correct answer.
What does the theory test cover?
The Theory Test exam covers areas such as:
- The rules of the road
- Risk perception
- Hazard awareness
- Good driving behaviour.
The test is offered in both Irish and English and candidates with special requirements can be accommodated.
Note: A theory test certificate must be obtained before a learner permit for your chosen vehicle category is granted.
How can I book the driver theory test?
You can book:
ON-LINE - Book On-line here (secure, and available 24-hour a day, 7-days a week)
BY TELEPHONE Call 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate).
Note: When booking you should have a credit / laser card and PPSN (formerly RSI number) readily available.
POSTAL APPLICATIONS: Postal applications can be sent to Driver Theory Test, PO Box 788, Togher, Cork. Application forms can be downloaded here
(Postal applications for a learner permit should be sent to the Motor Taxation Office in your city/county of residence). For further information please visit www.transport.ie
Once I have booked what next?
Once your application has been received, you will be notified with the date, location and time of your test in advance.
Can I reschedule if I need to?
If you need to reschedule your theory test, contact the call centre listed above.
What do I need to bring with me?
When you arrive for your theory test, all of your documentation will be checked. You are required to bring photo identification with you, such as a passport, student identity card or Garda identity card.
Driving Test advice
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Did you know? (From the Irish Times)
MOTORISTS in Dublin find it harder to pass the driving test than learners in most other parts of the country. Details from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) show that the test centres with the lowest pass rates are nearly all in Dublin.
Learner drivers in the capital had success rates of less than 41pc in Raheny, Tallaght, Finglas and Rathgar last year.
It means only two of every five motorists who did the test in those centres were rewarded with their full licence.
The figure was well below the national average of 54.56pc.
However, Kilkenny had the worst rate, with only 39.7pc of learners passing in 2011.
With a success rate of only 39.78pc, Rathgar was the toughest centre, followed by Finglas (40.8pc), Tallaght (40.82pc) and Raheny (40.99pc).
Churchtown in south Co Dublin was slightly easier, with almost one-in-two -- or 47.89pc -- passing.
Motorists in Ennis had the easiest time of it as examiners gave the thumbs up to 67.92pc.
It was followed by Sligo (66.54pc), Clifden (65.94pc), Galway (64.59pc) and Newcastlewest in Limerick (64.44pc).
The overall figure increased from 50.87pc in 2010 to 54.56pc last year but it was lower that the 57.2pc average pass rate achieved in 2008.
In 2009, the national average stood at 51.8pc.
The details also show that the waiting times at Dublin centres are less than many centres around the country.
In 2011, Raheny recorded delays of seven weeks, while in Rathgar it was eight weeks.
Tallaght (nine) and Finglas (eight) also had waiting times which were less than the 10 and 11 weeks experienced at a number of centres nationwide.
The introduction of mandatory driving lessons is widely expected to improve success rates in the coming years.
The RSA said the average pass rate here compared well with other EU countries.
Candidates who feel they have been failed unfairly can appeal the decision to the district court.
The RSA says among the most common reasons for failing are inadequate observation moving off, at junctions, at roundabouts and when changing lanes and failing to anticipate the actions of other drivers.