Request an emergency driving test

Only critical frontline workers can apply for an emergency driving test.

Since June 2020, we’ve been offering priority driving test appointments to ‘essential workers’ however, this definition has since been expanded to include most of the population, so we are currently only accepting emergency appointment requests from critical frontline workers.

What is a critical frontline worker?

A critical frontline worker is someone who works for one of the following:

  • the HSE or a private hospital providing health services
  • the emergency services

  • You must also:

  • need to drive as part of your job (this does not include commuting to and from your job)

  • If you do not meet these criteria, your application for an emergency driving test will be rejected.

    Rules for applying for an emergency test

    Only apply for an emergency driving test if you can satisfy all of the following conditions:

  • You must provide official documentation from your employer confirming you are a critical frontline worker and need to drive in the course of your duties. Only correspondence from the HSE, private hospitals or the emergency services will be accepted.
  • You must have already applied for a driving test. Know more >
  • You must be eligible to sit a driving test. Know more >

  • If you meet the criteria for a critical frontline worker and all of the application conditions above, please click on the 'Request an emergency driving test' link below, fill in the form, and we'll do what we can to prioritise your application.

    Request an emergency driving test

    If you've recently failed a test and reapplied

    If you’ve recently failed a test and reapplied, you don’t need to complete an emergency test request form as you will automatically be sent a booking invitation 6 to 8 weeks after you’ve re-applied.

    I've submitted the emergency test request form. What now?

    Once your request for an emergency test has been submitted, there is no need to contact us. If your application is approved, you will be emailed a priority invite to book a test as soon as appointment slots become available.

    Please note that our customer service agents cannot manage driving tests over the phone, so we kindly ask you not to call for this information. Driving tests should be managed directly through

    If you don't meet the criteria for a critical frontline worker

    You’re still on our waiting list and you’ll be invited to book a driving test appointment as soon as we reach your application in the queue.

    Find out more about driving test waiting times

    Haven't applied for a driving test yet?

    If you have not yet applied for a driving test, you must first sign up or log into our customer portal, apply for a test and add yourself to the waiting list. This video will show you how.

    You must be eligible to sit your test

    Even if you're a critical frontline worker, you must have completed all required Essential Driver Training (EDT) sessions before sitting a test. Motorcyclists must have completed their Initial Basic Training (IBT) and hold a certificate of satisfactory completion.

    Please see our Driving test eligibility webpage for more detailed information.