Driving Test Update


Please note that our customer service agents cannot book or cancel driving tests over the phone or offer updates on waiting times, so we kindly ask you not to call for this information. Driving tests should be managed directly through



Are you an essential worker who needs a test urgently?

If you’re an essential worker who has already applied for a test and completed all of your driver training, please fill in an urgent test request form and we’ll prioritise your application. Know more >



Need to add yourself to the driving test waiting list?

Please sign up or log into our new customer portal to apply for a driving test and add yourself to the waiting list. This video will show you how



Essential worker declaration form for driver training

Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) can offer Essential Driver Training (EDT) to essential workers. If you need to complete your driver training, please fill in an  essential worker declaration form and present it to your instructor.





Covid-19 safety measures

We have put in place Covid-19 safety measures for the driving test which must be followed or your appointment will not go ahead. Know more>

Walkaround Test


Before you can take your walkaround test you need to have:

  • passed your Driver theory test
  • passed your CPC case study test
  • your truck or bus learner permit
  • passed your truck or bus practical driving test

We recommend that you take your practical driving test and walkaround test on the same day.

Book your test

You can book a test with the RSA

What to take to your test?

You must bring a road legal truck or bus that meets the rules.

You must also bring a valid Irish learner permit for the category of test you are taking.

Your test will be cancelled, and you’ll lose your fee if you don’t bring these

How the test works

Your walkaround test will last about 30 minutes.

You’re tested on being able to:

  • load the vehicle following safety rules and to keep it secure
  • stop trafficking in illegal immigrants
  • assess emergency situations
  • reduce physical risks to yourself or others
  • ensure the comfort and safety of passengers
  • do a walkaround vehicle safety check

The test is made up of 5 topics from the Driver CPC process.

To pass you have to score at least 15 out of 20 in each topic area and have an overall score of at least 80 out of 100.
Before taking your practical test you should read the marking guidelines and how a driving tester conducts a test

Test result

After you’ve taken the walkaround test your tester will tell you if you’ve passed and explain how you did.

If you do the practical test and the walkaround test on the same day you will get the result of both after the walkaround test.

The Driving Tester will give you a copy of the marking sheet. Your walkaround result is valid for 2 years.

You’ll pass your test if you make:

  • 8 or fewer driving faults during demonstrations or in answers
  • no serious or dangerous faults

We recommend that you review the marking guidelines before taking your test.

If you fail, you can book another walkaround test straight away.

Cancel a test

If you can’t sit your test, you can cancel that test and apply for another one.


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