Driving School Ireland,
Phone 071 9162311 or 087 6688797
Before you are a Fully Licensed Driver
- To obtain a learner permit
- Driver theory test
- Driving legally
- National car test
- Conditions for provisional licence holders
- What happens when your second provisional licence expires
- Full driving licence
- Carrying a driving licence
To obtain a learner permit
Apply for and pass your theory test.
After you pass the theory test you may then apply to your local motor tax office for your learner permit and include your theory test certificate with your application form and other documents (see Section 1). When you have your learner permit you should book driving lessons from a professional driving instructor to learn how to drive safely and correctly.
In the future, all driving instructors will be approved by the Road Safety Authority.
Driver theory test
The theory test examines your knowledge and understanding of the rules of the road, good driving behaviour, risk perception and hazard perception.
You must pass this test before applying for a first learner permit.
The test involves answering questions on a touch screen computer in a test centre. It is run by the Driver Theory Testing Service.
For more information, contact:
Driver Theory Testing Service
PO Box 144, Drogheda,
Lo-call: 1890 606 106, Irish language lo-call: 1890 606 806
Text phone: 1890 616 216
To apply for a theory test, contact the Driver Theory Testing Service or apply online at www.dtts.ie
When you have your provisional licence, you are ready to start learning to drive.
Before taking any vehicle on to the road you must be able to answer 'yes' to the following questions:
- Is the motor vehicle taxed ?
- Is the tax disc on the windscreen ?
- Is the insurance cover up to date and valid to cover you ?
- Is the insurance disc on the windscreen ?
- If you are learning to drive a category B vehicle that is over four years old but not a taxi, is the vehicle roadworthy and does it have an up-to-date National Car Test (NCT) Certificate on the windscreen?
- If you are using a coach, bus, ambulance, goods vehicle or goods trailer and it is over a year old, does it have a Certificate of Roadworthiness?
- If you are using a motor vehicle other than one in category A1, A, M and W, does it clearly display proper "L" plates at the front and back?
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OVERSEAS DRIVERS
You must drive on the left-hand side of the road in Ireland.
All motor vehicles must be taxed before the vehicle is taken on the road.
All drivers must have insurance covering them to drive a vehicle on a public road. The law imposes a duty on you to inform the insurance company of relevant information before you drive a vehicle. If you are in any doubt you should discuss the matter with the insurance company. It is a serious offence to drive a vehicle that is not insured.
You need to display an up-to-date insurance disc. It is an offence not to have the disc on display.
Vehicles that do not need to display an insurance disc
- Motorcycles (with or without a side car)
- Vehicles showing a trade licence
- Vehicles owned or used by an exempted person as defined by the Road Traffic Acts, for example members of emergency services
All trailers must be covered by third party motor insurance. This applies whether the trailer is being towed or parked in a public place.
The fact that an insurance disc is not required to be displayed does not affect the requirement to ensure that the insurance is valid to cover you.
National car test
.Vehicle testing makes sure your vehicle is safe to use on the road. This is especially important for older vehicles.
- Passenger cars over four years old must have a valid NCT Certificate and show the NCT disc on the windscreen.
If you would like more information on the NCT, visit www.ncts.ie or phone 1890 200 670.
Certificates of Roadworthiness
- Goods vehicles, goods trailers with a design gross vehicle weight of more than 3,500kg, ambulances, buses (including minibuses) and coaches that are over one year old, must have a valid Certificate of Roadworthiness. For details of your local authorised testing centre, please see www.environ.ie.
Conditions for learner permit holders or provisional licence holders
Accompanied when driving
As a learner permit holder you are required to be accompanied by and be under the supervision of a person who has a full licence for a minimum of two years. If you are on your first, third or later provisional licence or learner permit for a category B vehicle, you must have a fully licensed driver with you.
From 30/06/08 holders of a 2nd learner permit or 2nd provisional licence for category ‘B’ must also be accompanied by a fully licensed driver.
Regardless of whether you are a provisional licence holder or a learner permit holder your accompanying driver must hold a current and valid full licence for the same category of vehicle for categories C1, C, D1, D, EC1, EC, ED1, and ED and be with you at all times when you are driving (Please see table on page 15).
If you hold a provisional licence for categories A, A1, and M vehicles you must not carry a passenger.
You must also carry your full licence with you at all times.
As a provisional licence holder or learner permit holder you must not drive on a motorway. It is a serious offence to do so.
You must not use a category B, C, C1, D or D1 vehicle to tow a trailer if you hold a provisional licence or learner permit for any of these categories.
Carrying a passenger
- If you drive a car, van, bus or coach, you must not carry any passenger for payment of any kind.
- If you are a motorcyclist, you must not carry a passenger.
- If driving a category W vehicle, (for example a work vehicle or tractor), you may not carry a passenger unless the vehicle is designed to take one and the passenger holds a full driving licence for category W.
What happens when your second provisional licence expires
If you are a person currently holding a second provisional licence you will be exempt from the accompanying driver rule until the 30th June 2008. After the 30th June 2008 you will be required to be accompanied by a fully licensed driver of at least two years experience.
Learner Permit Expiration
No matter what type of motor vehicle you drive, you may get a third and subsequent learner permit only if you show that you have taken a driving test within the previous two years.
If you have not taken the test, you must give either:
- evidence of a medical condition that prevented you from taking the test, or
- evidence that you have applied to sit your driving test for that category of vehicle
If you are a first time holder of a learner permit for categories A, A1, B, M or W, i.e. a person not previously having held a provisional licence (or whose provisional licence has expired by more than 5 years) in the category, you are not allowed to take a driving test for a six month period after the commencement date of the permit. This provision is to allow you gain experience of driving. Research shows that the longer a learner is supervised while driving, the less likely they are to be involved in a collision.
If you have any questions about getting a learner permit, contact your local motor tax office or the RSA on locall 1890 416141 or by email at email@example.com immediately. You will find the number of your nearest motor tax office under ‘Local Authorities’ in the green pages of the telephone directory or at www.citizensinformation.ie
Full driving licence
A full driving licence is required for the category of vehicle that you intend to drive. You can drive only the category or categories of vehicle for which the licence is issued.
Applying for your full licence
To apply for your full driving licence, you should send in an application form, two signed photographs, the relevant fee and your current or most recent provisional licence.
With the application for your first licence, you must include your certificate of competency to drive (outlined in Section 3). You may also need to supply other documents, such as a medical report, depending on your circumstances. You can get full details from the Road Safety Authority's website, www.rsa.ie.
Renewing your licence
A driving licence is normally valid for 10 years and you should renew your licence before this period passes. To renew your licence, send in the correct form and fee, two signed photographs and your current or most recent licence. If you are renewing a category C1, EC1, C, EC, D1, ED1, D or ED licence, you must include a medical report.
You should apply to renew your licence not later than three months before it expires.
You can get full details about driving licences from the Road Safety Authority's website, www.rsa.ie .
Carrying a driving licence
Remember, you must carry your driving licence (all categories) with you at all times when you are driving.