The Road Safety Authority
The Road Safety Authority were formed in September 2006. Their function is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on Irish roads. On their website you’ll find a huge amount of information on learning to drive to information for fully licensed drivers, info on Penalty Points and various aspects of Road Safety awareness including campaigns and statistics
The Driver Theory Test
The learner driver theory test was introduced 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. It applies to anyone applying for a first learner permit in any vehicle category.
The Theory Test website allows you to book your test, provides information on preparing for the test, I.D. requirements and also advises which revision of the test is current.
The Rules of The Road
The purpose of the Rules of the Road is to save lives and prevent injury on our roads. The rules apply to all road users:
The book can be purchased from any good bookstore for €5.00 or digitally online in PDF format.
National Driver Licence Service
The National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) is part of the Road Safety Authority and was set up in January 2013 to deliver driving licences and learner permits in Ireland.
The cost of a 10 year driving licence is €55.00
The cost of a learner permit is €35.00
The Driving Test
You can apply online or by post to sit your driving test.
There are various driving test centres around the country. Each centre has an approximate waiting time from when you apply for the test to actually sit it.
National Car Test
The National Car Test (NCT) was introduced in Ireland in 2000.
It’s purpose is to ensure vehicles, particularly older vehicles, using Irish roads are in sound working order.
The current fee is €55.00
You can view a full list of the items which are covered in the National Car Test in the newly revised National Car Test (NCT) Manual 2012