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Passing your Driving Test

Passing Your Driving Test:          

What Happens on the Test?

Driving tests are conducted under the authority of the Board of The Road Safety Authority {RSA}

Your appointment:

Appointments for driving tests are arranged in the order in which applications are received. It is the RSA’s aim to have a national average waiting time for a driving test of 10 weeks or less. Our ability to meet this target depends on the number of applications received for different centres. Accordingly, the average waiting time in certain driving test centres may vary above or below this 10-week figure. Current waiting times for each centre are available on our website www.rsa.ie. When you apply for your test, you may also be able to schedule your own test date. You may only be able to do so if there are dates available for the centre you are applying for. You will normally be given an appointment notice four to five weeks in advance of your test. This will set out the time, date and venue for the test, together with conditions which must be met. Please read this notice carefully as it may help avoid problems on the day of the test. It will also set out the arrangements for cancelling your appointment should this prove necessary.



On arrival at the Test Centre:

Students Should reverse park in to an accessible parking slot in the Test Centre in Wilton. When the Student Starts their Test, The Student Can Drive forward direct out of the parking to start their test.

On the Day of your Test:

You should arrive with a suitably qualified accompanied Driver. You should go directly to the Waiting room {There is No Receptionist} where the tester will call you for your test.


You should be present in the waiting area of the test centre at least 15 minutes before the appointed time of your test. If you are late, the test cannot be conducted, and the fee will be forfeited. When you arrive at the test centre, take a seat in the waiting area and you will be called by the Driver Tester. The Tester will invite you to enter the take a seat at his desk where the tester will ask to see your Permit. Applicants should be addressed as Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms. or by their professional title, but it would be ok to use an applicant's first name if appropriate.   In carrying out their duties, testers should be: -

  1. Punctual
  2. Formal but friendly - a polite smile should be used on occasions.
  3. Low-key and not hurried.
  4. Presentable, and should dress in a manner appropriate to the position.


The driver tester will check your learner permit to establish that it relates to you,

Is current and is valid on the day of the test, Is for the correct category of vehicle.

You will be asked to read and sign a statement confirming that:

The insurance cover in place is adequate and your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition the test the driving test is straightforward. For cars, it will last about 40 minutes and will include: Questions on the Rules of the Road (including identifying road signs); demonstrating hand signals

Your vehicle:  

You must ensure that the vehicle you present to test with meets the requirements for the category of vehicle for that test. This information is provided with your appointment notification. You must also ensure that the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition. Vehicle must have Valid Tax / Insurance / Nct Disk on windscreen for the particular vehicle.              

 No Photocopies of Any Disks are allowed. 


First learner permit:

A first-time holder of a Learner Permit (the code 991 will be noted opposite the category on your permit) for licence categories of motorcycle, car and works vehicle (AM, A1, A2 ,A ,B and W) must hold the Learner Permit for six months before taking a driving test. If you fail to meet these conditions, your test will not be conducted on the day and you will lose your fee.

Essential Driver Training (EDT):

A first-time Learner Permit holder for a Car or Motorcycle must take a structured driver training programme with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) before taking the test. For car learner drivers, this is known as Essential Driver Training (EDT) and applies to those whose first Learner Permit for licence category B has a start date on or after April 4th, 2011. Please note that if you are subject to Essential Driver Training (EDT), your test will not be scheduled until your ADI has notified the RSA that you have completed the mandatory 12 lessons.

Reversing around a corner:

A turnabout in the road:

A hill start:

Driving approximately 8 kms under a variety of road and traffic conditions:

Remember, if you take and pass the test in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, your driving licence will only cover you to drive an automatic vehicle.


Your driving will be assessed in the following situations:

Moving off

Driving in traffic


Reversing around a corner

Turning about to face in the opposite direction

Starting on a hill


Road positioning

Overtaking and passing

Anticipation and observation

Use of mirrors and signals



Compliance with traffic lights, road signs and markings

Use of the vehicle controls (accelerator, clutch, gears,

brakes and steering)

Use of secondary controls such as wipers, demisters, etc.


Other aspects of the driving test will check that:

That you know how to operate the secondary controls, such as

windscreen wipers and washers, demisters, rear window

heater, lights and air-conditioning (where fitted).

You must also know how to adjust the seat, safety belt,

head restraint and mirrors and ensure the doors are closed

In the case of a vehicle and trailer, you must know

how to uncouple and recouple the trailer from/to the

drawing vehicle.

In the case of a heavy vehicle test, you must know how

to check the power-assisted braking and steering systems,

and how to use any retarder or exhaust brake as fitted to

the vehicle.

That you know how to perform a check on the tyres, lights,

reflectors, indicators, engine oil, coolant, windscreen

washer fluid, steering, brakes and horn. For motorcyclists,

the checks can also include the chain, and the emergency

stop-switch, if fitted. In the case of a bus test, you must also know how to operate

the fuel shut-off valve, the main power switch, and how to

manually open and close any powered doors as fitted to

the vehicle.


Useful information:

The driver tester understands that you may be nervous and will try to put you at ease.

Unlike your instructor, the driver tester will not offer you encouragement or advice. You should not be put off by this formal approach which is designed to ensure fairness to all applicants.

While you will be given clear directions throughout the test, should you not understand a particular direction, ask the tester to repeat or clarify it.

If you make a mistake, do not worry unduly. It may not be as serious as it appears and may not mean you have failed your test.

Passengers other than the driver tester and/or RSA officials are not permitted to accompany you in the vehicle during the practical test. The tester may be accompanied on test for training/supervisory purposes. While the accompanying officer may take notes, she/he has no input into the conduct or outcome of the test.


Common Faults Contributing to Test Failure:

The following are the most common faults which give rise to candidates failing their driving test:

Inadequate observation moving off, at junctions, at roundabouts and when changing lanes.

Failure to anticipate the actions of other drivers.

Incorrect road position on the straight, on bends, turning left, turning right, at roundabouts, and when overtaking.

Inadequate progress at junctions, roundabouts, on the straight, and when overtaking.

Incorrect, inadequate or inappropriate use of mirrors and signals.

Non-compliance with traffic controls, e.g. road signs and markings and traffic lights.

Incorrect, inadequate or inappropriate use of vehicle controls, including gears, clutch, accelerator, steering, handbrake, footbrake, and secondary controls.

Excessive speed for the road or traffic conditions.

Failure to yield the right of way to others.

Lack of competence in the reverse and turnabout manoeuvres.


Your Test Result:

 If you pass:  

You will get a certificate of competency to drive. This enables you to apply for a full driving licence (further information is available from the National Driver Licence Service at www.ndls.ie). The certificate is valid for two years. You should take out a full licence within that period or you will be obliged to pass the driving test again in order to obtain a full licence (for this reason you should apply for your full licence immediately).

Remember, passing the driving test is not the end of the learning process; so, continue to drive carefully and build up your experience in different traffic, weather, lighting and road conditions.


If you fail:

You will receive a detailed report on the faults which occurred during the test. Pay particular attention to these when preparing for your next test without, of course, neglecting other aspects of your driving. A person aggrieved by a decision of a driving test may appeal to the appropriate District Court under Section 33 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961. The District Court may either refuse the appeal or, if satisfied that the test was not properly conducted, direct that the applicant be given a further test without payment of another fee. The Court will not examine individual faults incurred during the test.


The Learner Permit:


You must be accompanied by a person holding a full driving licence for a period of two years for the category of vehicle being driven. The only exceptions to this are when:

Driving a work vehicle (e.g. agricultural tractor) unless adapted for a passenger.

A Learner Permit Holder cannot act as an accompanying driver for a learner driver.

An accompanying driver must have held their full licence for a period of at least two years.

It is not sufficient to have a certificate of competency to act as an accompanying driver.

It is the responsibility of the test candidate to ensure that she/he holds the correct learner permit for the vehicle presented for test.


“L” Plates:

Your vehicle must display an “L” plate front and rear.

The plate should be a red “L” on a white background and should not be less than 15cm high with a border of at least 2cm.

In the case of a test involving a trailer, an “L” Plate must be displayed on the rear of the trailer.


You cannot drive on a motorway on a learner permit, even if you hold a certificate of competency.

If you hold a learner permit to drive vehicles of categories B, C1, C, D1 or D, you cannot drive the vehicle when drawing a trailer.

Carrying a passenger:

You cannot carry any passenger for reward.

A motorcyclist may not carry a pillion passenger.

If driving a category W vehicle (e.g. work vehicle or land tractor), you cannot carry a passenger, unless the vehicle is constructed/adapted to carry a passenger and the passenger holds a full driving licence for category W for at least two years.

To take the driving test, you must hold a learner permit covering the category in which you wish to be tested. For first-time learner permit holders, the code 991 will be displayed on their permit for Categories AM, A1, A2, A, B and W and they must wait six months before taking a driving test.


Further Learner Permit:

To get a third or subsequent learner permit for any category of vehicle depends on you having taken a driving test within the previous two years or showing medical evidence for not having taken it, or showing evidence of a forthcoming driving test appointment for the vehicle category in question. Further information on learner permits is available from the National Driver Licence Service at www.ndls.ie. You may hold a paper learner permit rather than the new plastic card learner permit – both are acceptable for the test as long as they are valid.

Testers check List for a driving test{b}:


Learner Permit Check




Front Number Plate Check



Bonnet Check




Front “L” Plates check



Valid Insurance Disk Check



Valid  ”NCT” or  “CRVT”  Disk Cert




Valid  “Tax “  Disk Cert




Front Indicator Check



Front Tyres Check




Rear Number Plate Check




Rear Indicator Check



Rear Brake Lights Check



Rear “L” Plate Check



Rear Tyres Check




Vehicle Exterior Check



Vehicle Interior Check



Primary Controls Check

•       Clutch

•       Brake

•       Accelerator

•       Handbrake

•       Gear Stick

•       Seatbelt

•       Mirrors

•       Steering Wheel



Primary Controls Check




Secondary Controls Checks





Auxiliary Controls Checks




Dashboard Warning Lights Check




Actual Driving Test





Driving Test results




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