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Test Application Requirements

You can apply for a driving test online or by post. Please note you cannot apply for your driving test by phone.

  • Verify that you are eligible to sit your test—6 month rule.
  • Make sure you have taken the mandatory lessons for certain motorcyclists (IBT) or car drivers (EDT).
  • Know your current, valid driver number.
  • Know your PPS number—this can be found on tax documents or your payslip, and is often on correspondence from a social welfare or tax office.
  • You must have a valid debit or credit card (Visa and Mastercard are currently accepted).
  • If you are applying by post, payments can be made by cheque, postal order, or bank draft.
  • You can book your test on the RSA website.
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Driving Test Advice

You are required to bring a vehicle to the test centre on the day of your driving test. The Road Safety Authority do not provide a vehicle for your driving test. You must be insured to drive the vehicle. The vehicle must display a current and valid original insurance disc (currently not accepting emailed versions of insurance discs), current valid motor tax disc and NCT disc, if required. Alternatively, vehicles may be rented from ISM.

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Pre-Test Checklist

When you’ve practised hard for your driving test, the last thing you want is to be let down by your car on the day. It is vital that your vehicle is in good working order and has no defects that could embarrass you or cause your examiner to cancel your test – as they have a right to do. The best way to avoid this happening is to thoroughly inspect your vehicle. Here are the main things to look for:


Mechanical condition

Is the car you’ll be using for the test mechanically sound? For example, is the handbrake capable of holding the car on the steepest hill in town?


Wiper blades

Wiper blades wear down over time and need to be replaced. Make sure to replace them before your test if worn.


Brake and indicator lights

Check that the indicator lenses are clean and unbroken. If a white light shows through due to a broken lens, the test will not be conducted.


‘L’ Plates and Discs

Attach L plates to the front and rear so they are clearly visible and won’t restrict your visibility. Tax, insurance and, if applicable, NCT discs should be on the windscreen.



Check that there is enough petrol in the tank before coming to your test. It is good practice to check and top it up the night before, if necessary.


Fluids: oil, coolant, brake, etc.

Check all fluids levels in your car. This includes the oil, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. In particular, check oil pressure in case of leaks.


Check tyre pressure

Check the tyre pressure to ensure each tyre is at the recommended level for your car make and model.


Windscreen washer

Remember to check you have an adequate amount of windscreen washer fluid. Fill the washer bottle and use a windscreen washing additive.


Interior mirror

Remove any paraphernalia such as air fresheners, furry toys, dice and so on, as these are needless distractions, for you and the Driver Tester.


Car body

Remember to clean the car before the test, paying particular attention to all windows, both inside and outside.


Clean the interior of your car

Remember to clean and tidy the interior of your car too and remove any unnecessary items.

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Technical Knowledge

The examiner will check your technical knowledge of the car as part of the test. This consists of, “Show me or tell me how you would check three of the following”:

✓ Tyres
✓ Lights
✓ Reflectors
✓ Indicators
✓ Horn
✓ Engine oil level
✓ Coolant level
✓ Windscreen washer fluid level
✓ Brake fluid level
✓ Power steering fluid level

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