Changes to Identification Required for Driver Theory Test
From 17 June 2017 any person sitting the Driver Theory Test will be required to present a valid Public Services Card at the Driver Theory Test Centre as proof of ID. At the time of booking the test, applicants will be asked to confirm that they possess a Public Services Card.
In the test centre, the only acceptable form of ID will be the Public Services Card. The card will be used to verify name, PPS number and identity of the person attending for the test. Applicants will need to ensure that the spelling of the name in which they book their test matches exactly the spelling of their name on the card.
From the 1st June 2017, in order to book a theory test (or CPC Exam) you will need the 12 digit Card number from the rear of the Public Services Card. Failure to produce the card at the test centre for a booked appointment will result in the applicant being unable to sit the test and losing the test fee.
Theory tests can be taken at 41 test centre locations around the country as part of the Road Safety Authority’s driver testing and licensing process.
For more information on how to apply for a Public Services Card, please visit the Department of Social Protection website.
If you do not have a Public Services Card you can make an appointment to get one either by using MyWelfare.ie or by phoning or calling into your local Intreo Centre or social welfare local office.
Phone numbers for these office are available here. http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/SAFE-Registration-PSC-Location.aspx
Any queries about this public services cards application process should be made by telephone to 1890 927 999 or 01 7043281.
The Official Driver Theory Test revision material (Books and CDROM’s) has been updated to include some new and revised questions and will be available to purchase online and at major Irish bookstores from June 2017. The updated material only applies to anyone sitting the Driver Theory Test on or after 5th July 2017. The number of questions to be answered will remain at 40
Changes from 10 October 2016
The Driver Theory Test changed from 10 October 2016. The changes apply to the Motorcycle Theory Test (AM) and to the Car and Works Vehicle Theory Test (BW). The change are in direct response to a research undertaken by the RSA earlier this year which showed that drink-driving is still a significant road safety issue, particularly among young people- see report here.
Two questions presented to each candidate in the new tests will relate to drinking and driving. Driver Theory Test candidates will still be asked 40 questions and must answer 35 questions in order to pass the test. The format of the test - multiple choice questions - will also remain unchanged.
Learning material and supporting information, Drinking and Driving- Theory Test Questions, is available in PDF format here and at www.theorytest.ie
Candidates are advised to use the current versions of the supporting learning materials (The Official Driver Theory Test - Book and CD, 5th or 6th Edition) in addition to the PDF, Drinking and Driving - Theory Test Questions.
A new, updated edition of the Official Driver Theory Test Revision Material (Books and CDROM’s) will be available to purchase online and at major Irish bookstores from December 12th 2016.
- This 7th Edition of the revision material has been updated to include the 17 new questions published earlier this year on Drinking and Driving.
- This updated material only applies to the RSA Driver Theory Test for Cars/Motorcycles (Categories AM and BW). The tests and study material for Truck and Bus (Categories C, D and CPC) remains unchanged.
Please note - Up until December 12th when the bookstores/online stores begin stocking the material, the supplementary PDF containing the 17 questions will continue to be available to download from here
Driver Theory Test
The learner driver theory test was introduced in 2001. By law, before applying for a learner permit, candidates must complete and pass a test of their general road safety knowledge and motoring legislation. It applies to anyone applying for a first learner permit in any vehicle category.
The test is designed to check knowledge of topics such as:
- Rules of the Road
- Risk perception
- Hazard awareness
- Good driving behaviour
The test is computer-based but, like the fast check-in kiosks at airports, is designed for those who have little or no experience of using computers as well as those who do.
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)
There are separate theory tests for driving instructors and for professional bus and truck drivers:
Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)
Driver CPC (Certificate in Professional Competency)
There are two books:
‘The Official Driver Theory Test Questions and Answers, Motorcycles, Cars and Work Vehicles – 6th Edition, October 2013’, which covers all learning material for Car/Work Vehicles and Motorcycles (Note: You can still study The Official Driver Theory Test Book and CD-Rom 5th Edition for the Car/Work Vehicle and Motorcycle categories.) and;
‘The Official Driver Theory Test Questions and Answers, Truck & Buses (including Step 1 and Step 2 of Driver CPC) – 6th Edition 2013’, which covers all learning material for Bus and Truck Theory Tests and Driver CPC Case Study Test.
There are two study CD-Rom’s:
‘The Official Driver Theory Test Questions and Answers, Motorcycles, Cars and Work Vehicles – 6th Edition, October 2013’, which covers all learning material for Car/Work Vehicles and Motorcycles and;
‘The Official Driver Theory Test Questions and Answers, Truck & Buses (including Step 1 and Step 2 of Driver CPC) – 6th Edition 2013’, which covers all learning material for Bus and Truck Theory Tests and Driver CPC Case Study Tests (including the combined and modular tests).
The supporting learning materials are currently widely available from all good bookshops across the country or to purchase online at www.theorytest.ie The CD provides ‘Practice Tests’ which simulate the real exam experience and allows candidates to gauge their learning progress.
There is one Online Learning Resource:
We are delighted to announce a new product; The Official Driver Theory Test Online is a web-based training solution that combines all the latest tools and resources to help you, PASS FIRST TIME! The online app has been launched by Prometric on behalf of the RSA. The web-based training solution offers you unlimited access to the Official Driver Theory Test learning material, and also tracks your progress as you learn. In addition, you will be able to complete Official Driver Theory Test sample tests ensuring you are fully prepared and confident on the day of your theory test. To try it out go to www.officialdttonline.ie and register today! The app works on pcs, tablets & smartphones.
Car/Work Vehicle and Motorcycles
The format of the test, based on multiple choice questions, has remained unchanged for Car/Work Vehicle and Motorcycles. Candidates are required to answer correctly 35 out of 40 questions in order to obtain a pass certificate
Truck & Bus Theory Test
From 30th September 2014 the Driver Theory Test for the Truck and Bus categories are changing. There will be a new exam in Category C (Truck) and Category D (Bus). The existing Theory Tests for Truck and Bus have been amalgamated with the Driver CPC Multiple Choice (Driver CPC state 1) exam and will now consist of 100 questions.
All candidates taking a test on or after 30 September 2014 will be required to sit the updated ‘Bus Theory Test’ or the ‘Truck Theory Test’. A further option to sit both the Truck and Bus Theory test at the same time is also available. It consists of 140 questions. Where a candidate passes the new Truck or Bus theory test (i.e. test on or after 30 September 2014) there is an option to sit a ‘module’ test to obtain the other category (Truck or Bus as appropriate) provided this is done within 2 years of the first test.
The format of the Bus and Truck Theory Tests, currently based on multiple choice questions, will not change. Candidates will be required to correctly answer 74 out of 100 questions in order to obtain a pass certificate for either the Bus or Truck theory tests. To pass the new combined Bus and Truck theory test, candidates will be required to correctly answer 104 out of 140 questions to obtain a combined pass certificate. To pass the new Bus or Truck Module theory test candidates will be required to answer 30 out of 40 questions correctly.
Candidates at the end of their exam will, regardless of passing or failing, receive feedback based on their performance. They will also receive a list of categories recommended for further study e.g. Road Signs, Markings and Traffic Regulations, Alert Driving and Consideration for Road Users etc. These correspond to the categories listed in the training material. This specific feedback will facilitate revision and help improve overall driving competence.
The Road Safety Authority has made these changes to the Driver Theory Test and its associated learning materials to streamline the process and ensure that learner drivers are better prepared to embark on their on-road training, and to improve road safety for all road users. This is part of a continuous improvement and up-dates regarding the driver theory tests.
A comprehensive review of the Driver Theory Test Study material Book and CD-Rom took place in 2011 with a view to improving the content and its effectiveness as a learning tool. Most of the 1500 questions in the Driver Theory Test 4th Edition were updated revised or replaced. The revisions included new questions and graphics as well as amended versions of existing questions.
Candidates at the end of their exam will regardless of passing or failing also be provided, based on their performance, with a list of the categories recommended for further study e.g. Road Signs, Markings and Traffic Regulations, Alert Driving and Consideration for Road Users etc. All of these correspond to the categories listed in the training Material in order to facilitate revision or help improve overall skills.
The complete list of updated questions is published in the Official Driver Theory Test Book and CD-Rom. These are available to purchase online at www.theorytest.ie and in book shops nationwide. The CD provides ‘Practice Tests’ which simulate the real exam experience and allow candidates to gauge their learning progress.
Categories of theory test (see table below). Each test cateogry corresponds to a driver-licence or learner-permit category. If you take a test listed in the first column, you are covered for all the licences or learner permits in the corresponding column.
|Theory test certificate
||Driver licence or learner-permit category|
|B and W
||Covers cars, land tractors and work vehicles B, BE and W|
||Covers motorcycles and mopeds A, A2, A1 and AM|
||Covers vans and trucks over 3,500kg C1, C, CE and C1E & Stage 1 of CPC|
||Minibuses and buses D, D1, DE and D1E & Stage 1 of CPC|
||Truck and Bus, C, C1, CE, C1E, D, D1, DE and D1E|
||Truck module – only eligible if C test passed in previous 2 years|
||Bus module – only eligible if C test passed in previous 2 years|
If you are applying for your first learner permit you must:
- Include a theory test certificate for the relevant category along with your learner-permit application, unless the certificate has already been submitted
- Present the certificate within two years of the date of issue (date of passing the test)
Note: you will be regarded as an applicant for a first learner permit in respect of a particular vehicle category if you have not held such a licence in the preceding five years.
A driver theory test for motorcycles and mopeds (category A), cars, work vehicles and land tractors (category BW), costs €45.00. The fee for heavy goods vehicles (category C) and buses (category D) is €72.00. The combined Truck and Bus test costs €84.00.
Booking a test
The theory test is managed on behalf of the RSA by a test partner, which operates a number of lo-call helplines to answer queries about the test and take test bookings:
1890 606 106 (English language)
1890 606 806 (Irish language)
1890 616 216 (text phone – for the hearing-impaired)
Tests can be booked on-line at www.theorytest.ie
The postal address of the testing service is:
Driver Theory Test
PO Box 15
Application forms are available from the testing service and from all NDLS Offices.
Tests are held in 41 theory test centres around the country.
The test is offered in both Irish and English and candidates with special requirements can be accommodated. A Polish, Russian and Lithuanian voiceover is available for the category B (car).
Translator supported tests are available by special arrangement at the Dublin, Galway, Cork, Waterford and Sligo test centres. These tests are for candidates who do not speak and cannot understand Irish or English, even if provided over headphones. Evidence to support this requirement will be required.
Any member of the public with any further queries regarding the theory test bank and revised material can contact the Driver Theory Test Service on 1890 606 106, or log on to www.theorytest.ie .