Driver Theory Test

A computer based Driver Theory Test was introduced in Ireland in 2001. By law, before applying for a Learner Permit, candidates must complete and pass a test of their general road safety knowledge and motoring legislation.

The Exam

The Theory Test exam covers areas such as:

  • The rules of the road
  • Risk perception
  • Eco-driving
  • Hazard awareness
  • Good driving behaviour.

The test is offered in both Irish and English and candidates with special requirements can be accommodated.

Note: A theory test certificate must be obtained before a learner permit for your chosen vehicle category is granted.

You can easily apply for the theory test by phone, post or online.

Practice for Theory Test

Book On-Line

Book On-line here (secure, and available 24-hour a day, 7-days a week)


Call 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate). Candidate Service Representatives are available Monday to Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm and will book your test and immediately confirm your appointment.

or Text phone 1890 616 216

Note: Please have a credit / laser card and PPSN (formerly RSI number) readily available.
For C (Bus) and D (Truck) tests, please also have your driving license number readily available.

Postal Applications

You can download a Postal application here and are available at Driver Theory Test Centres and Motor Taxation Offices and sent to Driver Theory Test, PO Box 788, Togher, Cork (Please do not send your application form to the Driver Theory Test Centre).

(Postal applications for a learner permit should be sent to the Motor Taxation Office in your city/county of residence). For further information please visit

Once your application has been received, you will be notified with the date, location and time of your test in advance. If you need to reschedule your theory test, contact the call centre listed above.

When you arrive for your theory test, all of your documentation will be checked. You are required to bring photo identification with you, such as a passport, student identity card or Garda identity card.

Click here to see Theory Test CD ROMs and DVDs in the ISM shop!

Additional Theory Test categories have been added:

  • ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) Theory Test
  • Driver CPC (Certificate in Professional Competency) for Professional Bus / Truck drivers

Further Learning

Theory Test 5th Edition

 The Rules Of The Road

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