Pre Test Checks

Ensure that you have read fully and are familiar with all areas of the Rules of the Road and the Theory Test.
A number of driving tests are not conducted because test candidates do not meet certain requirements on the day of the test.

Handy pre-test checklist

  • You must be present in the test centre before the appointed time of your test.
  • You must produce your current Irish provisional licence for your test category (Receipts are NOT sufficient).
  • Please also note carefully the minimum vehicle requirements for the driving test as set out on the appointment letter.
  • You must be insured to drive the vehicle. The vehicle must display a current valid original Insurance Disc, which must clearly show the Registration Number of the vehicle (not Chassis Number) and the policy dates.
  • Vehicles used as taxis or hackneys are not permitted to be used as driving test vehicles unless the appropriate rate of Vehicle Excise Duty has been paid.
  • The following must be displayed on your vehicle:
    • Current valid motor tax disc
    • NCT disc
    • ‘L’ plates front and rear
  • The vehicle must be in a roadworthy condition. Specifically:
    • Tyres should upon have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm,
    • You may not carry passengers or pets while undergoing the test,
    • The windscreen should be clean and free from visual obstructions, including cracks,
    • The seat belt on the tester’s side should be fitted and in good working order,
    • The passenger door on the tester’s side should be working properly and, in particular, should be possible to open from the inside as well as the outside,
    • The suspension should not be obviously defective,
    • The brake and indicator lights should be working properly
    • The handbrake should be in good working order,
    • There should be no leakage, into the vehicle, of exhaust fumes,
    • Where seats are designed to hold head restraints, these restraints must be in place on the day of the test, and


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