Theory Test Ireland

Information on the Irish Theory Test

In Ireland, since the 25th April 2001 a Driving Theory Test must be undertaken (and passed !) before a person can obtain their 1st learner driver permit.

The test is conducted on a computer monitor where 40 multi-choice questions are selected at random from a bank of over 1250. 35 questions must be answered correctly to achieve a pass.

The Irish Theory Test can be arranged by phoning:-

1890 606 106 (English),
1890 606 806 (Irish) and
1890 616 216 (Text Phone)

Online at:-

Driver Theory Test Service.

Or by posting a completed Application Form to:-

Driver Theory Test Service,
PO Box 788,
Co. Cork



Driver Theory Test Service. .

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Application forms can be obtained by telephoning the DTT booking help line, at DTT test centres, driving test centers and Motor Taxation Offices. Or Download the form from:-
Application Form, Irish Driving Theory Test (PDF)

Note: When booking your theory test, you will be asked for your PPS Number. (formerly known as your RSI number), so have this to hand.

Full details at this link:-

Driver Theory Test Service.
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DTTS - Theory Test Official Site

New theory test book 4th Edition – May 2009
A book (English 5th Edition October 2011) and a CD-ROM (6th Edition October 2013. are available with all the questions and answers. The CD-ROM has the advantage of a mock test facility

Note: On 19th January 2013, new rules were introduced relating to the licencing of drivers of certain vehicles. As a result, please note the following document should be read when studying The Official DRIVER THEORY TEST Questions and Answers 5th Edition Book and CD-ROM. Download and print off the document here .



The book and the PC CD-ROM can be obtained from most bookstores and from the above link.

Copyright laws apply to the book and the CD-ROM. (See Footnote. ). Therefore we regret we are unable to publish any sample questions.

With the exception of a sample question on the Official DTTS web site there is no legal online facility with the official question bank..

Further information at these links

  • Theory Test.
    Irish Government Public Service Information ( Comhairle )


I requested permission from the Dept of Environment, (Now Dept of Transport) to use the question bank from the theory test book and CD. Despite numerous requests, by mail and email all communications were ignored. Contacted Ballymote Co. Sligo TD Mr John Perry..

A week later received the following from Mr. Perry: -

For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 14th June, 2001. Ref No:   17547/01
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Robert Molloy):


Dail Eireann - Volume 538 - 14 June, 2001
Written Answers. - Driving Theory Test.

Mr. Perry
105. Mr. Perry asked the Minister for the Environment and Local Government if he will give permission to a person (details supplied) in County Sligo to use the questions and answers from the official driver theory book on his website; if his Department has received his request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17547/01]

Mr. Molloy
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment and Local Government (Mr. Molloy): My Department is not in a position to grant this request as the contract for the driver theory testing service grants an exclusive licence to the contractors involved to publish and distribute this question bank..


Dail Eireann - Volume 538 - 14 June, 2001 Written Answers. - Driving Theory Test.

Therefore any website which claims to have the Official Theory Test Questions online is in beach of copyright laws. Either that, or they do not have the correct questions.

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