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Learner Permit

Before you begin to learn to drive on public roads in Ireland, you must hold a current learner permit. In order to take the driving test you must hold a learner permit covering the category in which you wish to be tested. Before you can apply for your first provisional driving license, you must complete and pass a Driver Theory Test, you must also be at least 17 years old to apply. Further information can be found using the link below.

Theory Test

The driver theory test consists of a multiple choice exam. You are to answer 40 questions and you must answer 35 correctly to successfully pass the test.

Preparing To Take The Test

The test can be taken in 41 locations nationwide. The link below will list all the possible locations.

Test Material

The full list of test questions and answers are only available book and CD-ROM formats and are available from bookshops throughout the country and from the Driver Theory Testing Service. Note this material is not free.

Further information can be found using the link below.

Lessons

Essential Driver Training (EDT) is a mandatory training course that teaches fundamental driving skills to learner car drivers. It consists of 12 one-hour lessons. These lessons are designed to cover certain critical driving skills and improve your practical driving skills.

  • LESSON 1: CAR CONTROLS AND SAFETY CHECKS
  • LESSON 2: CORRECT POSITIONING
  • LESSON 3: CHANGING DIRECTION
  • LESSON 4: PROGRESSION MANAGEMENT
  • LESSON 5: CORRECT POSITIONING
  • LESSON 6: ANTICIPATION AND REACTION
  • LESSON 7: SHARING THE ROAD
  • LESSON 8: DRIVING SAFELY THROUGH TRAFFIC
  • LESSON 9: CHANGING DIRECTION (MORE COMPLEX SITUATIONS)
  • LESSON 10: SPEED MANAGEMENT
  • LESSON 11: DRIVING CALMLY
  • LESSON 12: NIGHT DRIVING

When you start your first lesson you will be given a Logbook which records details of your training and progress and is completed by your instructor after every lesson, who then enters the information onto the RSA website.

Further information can be found here.

Dalkey School of Motoring also offers lessons to people who have a Licence and can drive, but are a bit nervous, not comfortable with motorway driving or or from another EU country and just not used to driving on our side of the road.


Full Driving Licence

After completing the EDT, all the lesson have been entered onto the RSA site and you have held a Learner Permit for six months or more, you can apply for the driving test. A driving test is designed to determine that you know the Rules of the Road, possess the knowledge and skill to drive competently in accordance with those rules and drive with proper regard for the safety and convenience of other road users. Driving Tests are carried out by the Department of Transport. Before you apply for a driving test it is important to be familiar with all aspects of driving and to have a number of hours behind the wheel whether it be with an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) or a fully insured and licensed driver.

Further information can be found using the link below.