If you are looking to learn to drive in Ireland you will first need to pass the Theory Test. You can apply for the theory test at www.theorytest.ie and choose a date that suits you best. The fee is currently €45 and you must answer 40 multiple choice questions and get 35 correct in order to pass. If English isn’t your first language you can arrange for an interpreter to help. This should be done while applying.
Once you pass you will be given a pass certificate and you should then contact the National Driving License Service on www.ndls.ie and arrange an appointment to receive your learners permit. You must go to one of the NDLS centers in Santry, Citywest or Leopardstown. If you cannot get an appointment as soon as you would like there is also a walk in service where you must wait for a slot to become free and there is no guarantee you will be seen.
You will be required to verify your identity as part of the face to face application process. This means that you will have to submit documentation to prove your identity, your address & your PPSN, as well as confirmation of your country of birth/residency entitlement
New applicants particularly the 17-20 year olds may be able to provide the following to serve as their evidence of address:
- Letter headed correspondence with their secondary school or 3rd level training institute (Date of correspondence must be clearly shown)
- Correspondence from SUSI/CAO
- Correspondence from a bank/credit union
- Correspondence from a government body
After completing this part your learner permit will be posted out in around 10-14 days. As you need to show this to your instructor to verify identification you cannot take lessons until the permit has been received. Once you receive the permit call 01 455 9231 or visit www.drivinglessonsdublin.ie and you will be able to book your 1st lesson.
Once you begin to learn you must undertake 12 Essential Driver Training (EDT) driving lessons before you can sit the test. You must also wait 6 months from the date the permit was issued before you can sit the test.
If you held a full licence in a different jurisdiction such as USA or India you still must undertake the 12 EDT lessons but can contact the RSA and get them to waive the 6 month waiting time.