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You can apply and pay for your driving test online at www.drivingtest.ie. (You will require a credit card to do this VISA or Mastercard. You also need to have a valid e-mail address). Alternatively, you can download an application form for a driving test from the http://www.citizensinformation.ie/ website or obtain a copy from your local Motor Taxation Office. The correct fee must accompany your completed application form. Ten days notice must be given if you need to cancel your driving test, otherwise the fee is forfeit. You may cancel 2 appointments without forfeiting your fee or having to make a new application.
Driving Testing Section,
Department of Transport,
Telephone: LoCall 1890 40 60 40 (calls charged at local rate from anywhere in the country) or (096) 78289
For more information please visit:http://www.citizensinformation.ie/ or www.drivingtest.ie
Driver testing in Ireland is carried out directly by the Department of Transport to a standard that complies with the EU Directive on Driving Licences. Testing is conducted out of 54 test centres throughout the country and where possible, your test will be arranged for the centre you nominate on your application form.
A driving test is a compulsory requirement for motorists who have been issued with two 2-year learner permits. It's important to be aware that you may not apply for a third or subsequent learner permit for any category of vehicle unless you undergo a driving test.
Waiting times vary from County to County; so it is advisable to apply for a test about 10 months before your second provisional licence is due to expire. It is a standard test and all test centres use the same testing procedures. You can now apply and pay for your driving test online (see 'How to apply' above).
A driving test is designed to determine that you:
Prior to your driving test you should study the Rules of the Road, a booklet which is published by the Department of Transport and is available from bookshops and may be stocked by your local Post Office priced 3 euro. It is also a good idea to practice driving as much as possible on all types of roads and in all types of traffic situations. This will improve your driving techniques and build your confidence. On the day of your test, give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the test centre with a few minutes to spare. When your name is called and you are brought into the examination room, your test officially begins.
From 14 February 2005 if you are doing a driving test for categories B (car), EB (car with trailer) and W (work vehicle) you must explain some technical checks as part of your test. After you have answered some questions on the Rules of the Road, the instructor will bring you out to your vehicle. You will be asked how a technical check would be performed on 3 of the following; steering, horn, brakes, tyres, lights, reflectors, indicators, engine oil, coolant, windscreen washer fluid. Access to these items will require you demonstrate how to open the bonnet and to close it securely. Read more detailed information on technical checks for all motor vehicles here.
From 14 February 2005 if you are doing a test for categories C1, C, EC1 and EC (truck and trucks with trailers) you will be asked how a technical check would be performed on 3 of the same items above. Access to these items will require you to open and securely close the bonnet, to open/close panels etc.
If you have a hearing impairment you may have an interpreter accompany you for this part of the test. Your interpreter may not be your driving instructor and they cannot accompany you on the practical part of your test. The tester may show written instructions for this part of the test and display them as appropriate; the tester may also use basic sign language. You should also note that if the vehicle you present for the test is adapted to suit a disability (e.g., it has additional controls), this will be noted on your full driving licence. If you have special needs, you should indicate this on the application form for your driving test so that any necessary arrangements will be in place when you attend for your test.
It is possible to apply for your driving test to be conducted through Irish. (You will need to complete the Irish language version of the application form and submit as normal). If English is not your first language, you may have an interpreter accompany you for this part of the test. Again, your interpreter may not be your driving instructor and they cannot accompany you on the practical part of the test. The tester may show written instructions for this part of the test and display them as appropriate.
The examiner will ask to see your licence and ask you to sign a form stating that the car is both roadworthy and insured. You will then have to answer some random questions from the Rules of the Road. The examiner will then accompany you to your car to begin the practical side of your test.
Your driving test in Ireland will take approximately 30 minutes to complete (depending on traffic). You will be given clear instructions throughout the test, but if you don't understand something, ask the examiner to repeat it. Do not panic if you make a mistake during the test. It may not be as serious as you think and it may not mean you have failed.
You will be assessed in the following situations: moving off, driving in traffic, stopping, reversing round a corner, a turn about, a hill-start and parking.
The aspects of your driving that will be assessed include road positioning; overtaking and passing; anticipation and observation; use of mirrors and signals, progress; speed; compliance with traffic lights, road signs and road markings; and proper use of your vehicle controls. At some point during your test, the examiner will ask you to demonstrate your hand signals. You can also expect to make a number of left and right turns, encounter a roundabout and stop at traffic lights.
When you return to the test centre your examiner will bring you back into the examination room to give you the result. If you pass, you will be given a Certificate of Competency, which is valid for 2 years. If you fail to apply for a full licence during this 2 year period, you will have to complete your driving test again. If you fail your driving test, you will be given a detailed list of your mistakes, which you should study and rectify before you sit another driving test.
There are a number of things you need to do in preparation for your driving test and a number of legal requirements you must comply with.
If for some reason you are unable to sit your driving test on the day you are given, you may cancel this test but you will have to re-apply again. You are urged to notify Driver Testing immediately if you need to cancel your test. Waiting lists are very long and someone else could avail of your slot. You will not forfeit your test fee if you give at least 10 days notice and if you haven’t previously cancelled more than one driving test appointment on this application. Cancelling your driving test will mean that you go back to the end of the waiting list again at the test centre. You may cancel your driving test any time - (contact information for Driver Testing under 'Where to apply' above).
Very occasionally the Driver Testing Service may have to cancel your test at short notice. Every effort is made to notify the test candidate immediately. In such circumstances, Driver Testing will arrange a further test free of charge at the earliest date possible. The Department will also consider reimbursing certain out of pocket expenses, e.g., hire of vehicle on the day of the cancelled test, on receipt of the appropriate claim in the Department. (View contact information under 'Where to apply' above).
Rates can be viewed at www.drivingtest.ie under Frequently Asked Questions.