Getting Started

Essential Driver Training

If you are looking Essential Driver Training to learn to drive in Ireland you will first need to pass the Theory Test. You can apply for the theory test at 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

Refresher Driving Lessons

Once you pass you will be given a pass certificate and you should then contact the National Driving Licence Service on 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 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.

Reduced EDT Driving Lessons

If you held a full license in a different jurisdiction such as USA or India you can avail of the Reduced EDT Driving Lessons . Under this scheme you are exempt from waiting 6 months for the driving test and need to do a Reduced EDT Package of 6 lessons instead of 12. To qualify you will need to get a letter of Entitlement from the jurisdiction that issued your current licence.

If you have any queries on this process please do not hesitate to contact us on 01 455 9231 or email and we will be happy to help