Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is my driver number?
  • Do you have a problem applying online?
  • I want to cancel/reschedule my test appointment
  • Driving test waiting times
  • Have you completed Essential Driver Training? (EDT)
  • I could not select a driving test appointment
  • Weather disruptions
  • When will I receive a test date?
  • Short notice test
  • Driving test vehicle
  • I drive an automatic vehicle
  • How do I update my details on my driving test application?
  • Dates that you are unavailable for driving test
  • Exemptions to the six month rule
  • Where can I send my documents to?
  • Do you have a driving licence query?
  • If none of the above apply to you
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  • What is my driver number?

    You require your driver number in order to be able to apply for a driving test. Your driver number is unique to you for all your licence records and can be obtained from the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS). You can contact the NDLS online here, by phone at 076-1087880, or by visiting your local NDLS office.

    Do you have a problem applying online?

    Driver number:

    - Your driver number is the nine digit number that appears at number 4d. on your learner permit. Your driver number is unique to you for all your licence records.
    - Please ensure that you enter your name and date of birth exactly as they appear on your learner permit. While not case sensitive, please ensure that you enter apostrophes, spaces and fadas.
    - You can apply for your driving test if your learner permit is out of date.
    - In the case of first-time learner permit holders, you may apply for a driving test before the statutory six month period expires, however, you may not sit a driving test until the six month period expires.

    Instances where you cannot apply online:

    - You do not have a current Irish learner permit
    - You already have a valid driving test application
    - Your learner permit has expired by over 5 years therefore you will need to take a driver theory test before applying for a new learner permit
    - If you have recently renewed your permit it takes seven days to update on our system.

    PPSN number not accepted:

    If you are having problems with your PPSN you can leave it out of your application as it is not mandatory to include it unless you are applying for a CPC test.

    Line 2 of your address required:

    If you do not have a line 2 in your address, please repeat line 1 of your address into line 2 and save these changes.

    Error message “You have an open application”:

    This can occur if you attempt to use the back button when completing your driving test application or if you exit and try to re-enter your application without having completed same. Please exit the application completely for one hour and you will be able to reapply.

    I want to cancel/reschedule my test appointment

    If you cannot sit your test on the date you have been given, you can cancel that test and apply for another one. However, if you do cancel the test, at present we cannot offer you the option to choose a specific alternative date or time. So please don’t cancel your test just to try for a different date or time.
    If you have cancelled 2 or more driving test appointments in the past or if you give us less than 10 days’ notice before your test appointment, your application will be cancelled and you will have to reapply and pay again for a new driving test appointment.

    Please note that if you want us to re-schedule your test it may be some time before we have another test slot available for you.

    If you still need to cancel your test, click here and follow the instructions on the screen.

    If you are having difficulty completing the cancellation yourself, then please click here

    If you do need to cancel your test, it is really important that you tell us as soon as possible. If you tell us early enough, we will be able to give your time slot to someone else who urgently needs a test.

    Driving test waiting times

    How long do I have to wait?

    We aim to have a national average waiting time for a driving test of no longer than 10 weeks. Our ability to meet this target depends on the number of applications received. Accordingly, the average waiting time in driving test centres may vary above or below this 10-week target. The current average waiting time for a Category B (car/light van) driving test, per test centre, is based on the waiting times of applicants who had a test appointment during the last 4 weeks. Please note: The average waiting time is an average of current waiting times for applicants at each Test Centre. Applicants will have waiting times both longer and shorter than the average. The longest waiting time per Test Centre is also shown in the table. Click here to see our waiting times.

    Have you completed Essential Driver Training? (EDT)

    Those taking out a first time car learner permit on or after 4th April 2011 have to take structured lessons. We cannot schedule you for a driving test until all 12 lessons of your Essential Driver Training (EDT) have been completed and uploaded to our system by your ADI. You can check your uploaded EDT lessons by clicking here

    If you find that there are any issues relating to lessons not uploaded please contact your ADI directly. If you are unable to resolve the issue with your ADI, you can contact the ADI Unit at adi@rsa.ie

    Please note that first-time learner permit holders (in categories for cars, motorcycles and works vehicles (eg, tractors, JCBs) must wait six months after the start date of the particular licence category before they can take their driving test.

    I could not select a driving test appointment

    Self-scheduling:

    A test appointment is only available at the application stage. Once you enter your payment details you can select a test date and time if one is available. Please ensure that you confirm the test appointment scheduled for you, before exiting the application. You cannot re-enter the calendar of dates once you have exited the application. If a test date and time is not available a test appointment will be scheduled and notified to you as per the relevant waiting times in your chosen centre at that time.

    Is your first learner permit six months old:

    First-time learner permit holders (in categories for cars, motorcycles and works vehicles (eg, tractors, JCBs) must wait six months after the start date of the particular licence category before they can take their driving test. We will automatically schedule an appointment for you when this period has lapsed and your EDT has been completed and uploaded by your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).

    Weather disruptions

    From time to time we experience some disruption to our driving tests due to adverse weather conditions. Please click here to see any updates in relation to disruptions to driving tests.

    When will I receive a test date?

    You will receive notification of your test date 5 weeks in advance of the test appointment date. When applying you should state your unavailable dates and you will not be scheduled during that time. If you require a test date during a specific time period beyond the normal waiting time please note on your application that you are unavailable until that date

    Short notice test

    As a result of the current high demand for driving tests, it may not always be possible to accommodate applicants who have requested the short notice option. If you have selected this option, we will be in contact with you as soon as an appointment becomes available. If you wish to be placed on the short notice list, you may be given less than 10 days’ notice of your test appointment. Please do not request to be put on the short notice list unless you are certain you will be available to take a test appointment at short notice. When applying for your test, please indicate your preference to be placed on the short notice list and you will be issued with a test appointment as soon as one becomes available for you.

    Driving Test Vehicle

    You are required to bring a vehicle to the test centre on the day of your driving test. The Road Safety Authority do not provide a vehicle for your driving test. You must be insured to drive the vehicle. The vehicle must display a current valid original insurance disc (currently not accepting emailed versions of insurance discs), current valid motor tax disc and NCT disc, if required. Vehicles may be rented from Approved Driving Instructors (ADI’s) in your area. Please click here to find Approved Driving Instructors.

    I drive an automatic vehicle

    You are not required to notify the Road Safety Authority that you will be sitting your driving test in an automatic vehicle. You can take your driving test in an automatic vehicle, however if you pass the driving test in a vehicle with automatic transmission, your driving licence will only allow you to drive a vehicle with automatic transmission. If you pass your driving test in a manual vehicle you will be licensed to drive both automatic transmission and manual cars.

    How do I update my details on my driving test application?

    If you wish to update your personal details, please email drivingtest@rsa.ie

    Dates that you are unavailable for driving test

    When making your application you should state the dates that you are not available to take the driving test and you will not be scheduled during that time. If you wish to state your unavailability dates, please email drivingtest@rsa.ie

    Exemptions to the six month rule

    A holder of a current valid full driving licence from another country (jurisdiction) for more than six months is exempt from this requirement, provided you forward a current valid original driving licence and a letter of entitlement from the relevant licensing authority in that country to the:

    Customer Service Manager,
    Driver Testing Section,
    Road Safety Authority,
    Moy Valley Business Park,
    Primrose Hill
    Ballina,
    Co. Mayo
    F26 V6E4

    Applicants are advised to forward their original licence by registered post.
    Please click here for further information.

    We cannot schedule you for a driving test until all 12 lessons of your Essential Driver Training (EDT) have been completed and uploaded to our system by your ADI. You can check your uploaded EDT lessons by clicking here

    Where can I send my documents to?

    You can forward all medical certificates, flight details and employers letters to cancelmytest@rsa.ie and other documentation can be sent to drivingtest@rsa.ie, by fax to 096 78290 or by post to Driver Testing Section, Road Safety Authority, Moy Valley Business Park, Primrose Hill, Ballina, Co. Mayo, F26 V6E4

    Do you have a driving licence query?

    If you have a query in relation to your Driving Licence/Learner Permit, Theory Test or Penalty Points please email lqueries@rsa.ie

    You can apply for your driving test if your learner permit is out of date by using the driver number on your permit. This number is unique to you for all your licence records. Your driver number is the nine digit number that appears at number 4d. on your learner permit. If your permit is lost or stolen please contact your NDLS Office for details. In the case of first-time learner permit holders, you may apply for a driving test before the statutory six month period expires, however, you may not sit a driving test until the six month period expires.

    If none of the above apply to you

    If none of the above refer to you and you are unable to apply online, you can download an application form from our website; click here

    Complete the application form and include details of your driver number and post to the Driver Testing Section, Road Safety Authority, Moy Valley Business Park, Primrose Hill, Ballina, Co. Mayo, F26 V6E4

    If you have a further query, please email us at drivingtest@rsa.ie

    In addition, our website has more information, use the quick links provided above to find out about the Driving Test