Driving Theory Test Ireland
About Ireland's Theory Test
The Driver Theory Test is intended to help
you be a safe, responsible and informed driver.
The driver theory test was introduced in June 2001, and a
driver theory test pass certificate must be successfully obtained
before you can make an application for your first provisional
Fee for the Irish Driver Theory
The driver theory test's fee, is €34. back to top
How to Book the Driver Theory Test
Contacting the Driver Theory Test Service
You can contact the Driver Theory Testing Service by either
phone or mail. Contact and booking details are as follows:
The Telephone Booking Service
The telephone booking service operates from 08:00 to 18:00
Monday to Friday inclusive, excluding public holidays. To
book over the phone you should have a credit card and PPSN
ready(formerly known as the PRSI number).
Phone: 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate)
Text phone: 1890 616 216
Irish Language: 1890 606 806
Booking the Theory Test by Mail
You can also book by making a postal application. Contact
the driver theory test centre on their lo-call number (1890
606 106), for up-to-date details on the postal application
and the address to which you must send the application. Please
note that, the application is not sent to the individual test
Application forms are obtained by calling the booking help
line, DTT test centres, or your local Motor Taxation Offices.
You can also download an application form from the government's
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Ireland's Driver Theory
Driver theory testing is available
for beginner drivers for the following vehicle categories:
The test you take depends on the vehicle for which you are trying to obtain a provisonal licence. Firstly identify what class of licence you require from the table below, and then use the table below that, to determine which driver theory test you must prepare for.
- work vehicles
Here is a table that provides details
of the vehicles covered by each driving licence category:
||Motorcycles having an engine
capacity exceeding 125 cubic centimetres (cc) and with
a power rating up to 11 kilowatts
||Cars (and other vehicles) with a design
gross weight not exceeding 3,500kg and having passenger
accommodation for up to 8 people. (Motorcycles, mopeds,
work vehicles and land tractors are not included)
||Trucks (or other vehicles) with a design
gross weight exceeding 3,500kg, and having passenger accommodation
for up to 8 people. (Work vehicles and land tractors are
||(Trucks or other vehicles) in C having
a design gross weight up to 7,500kg.
||Buses that can carry more than 8 people
||Buses in D having accommodation up to
||Work vehicles and land tractors
[note: The tests for all categories besides mopeds and motorcycles,
also cover provisional licences for these categories with
a drawing vehicle (trailers etc), without having to undergo
a separate theory test.]
Once you have found the category of licence
you require from the above table, use the following table
to find what driver theory test you must take.
(There are 3 different tests, to test the
driving knowledge of beginner drivers, and the there are 3
categories of tests available(1. A/B/M/W
2. C 3. D)
depending on the vehicle category that you are applying for.
Here is a list of the different tests
that are available;
|(Provisional) Driving Licence Category
||Theory Test Certificate Category
|A, A1, B, EB, M and W
||A, B, M and W
|C, C1, EC and EC1
|D, D1, ED and ED1
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You can make an application to do the Driver Theory Test
through the Driver Theory Testing Service, by mail, phone
Once you have made your booking, you will be offered the theory
test within 2 months of your application, at your chosen Driver
Theory Test Centre.
There are over 250 tests every year, at all the Driver Theory
Test Centres, which are available in nearly all major Irish
towns, you'll find a list below.
You can apply by phone, and the test service have an automated
response system, that will filter you through to an operator,
that will deal with your queries. You can make a booking for
a test over the phone, using a credit card, and you'll be
given details on your appointment.
The waiting times at each Driver Theory Test Centre is no
more than 15 minutes in most circumstance, with a free test
offered if the delay exceeds one hour.
Your theory test result will be given within 30 minutes of
completing your driver theory test, and you will get a theory
test certificate if you have managed to pass.
If you didn't manage to pass, you'll be informed by writing,
and will receive info on what your weaknesses are.
Decisions on your Driver Theory Test
If you believe that your test mark is incorrect, you should
talk to the test supervisor, before leaving the test centre.
There are also appeal forms available at the driver test centres,
to allow you to request that your test be marked again. Appeals
must be made within 10 days of the test, and must be accompanied
with the required appeal fee.
Once the appeal has been received, the test will be re-marked,
and a result will be received within 5 working days. The test
is re-marked at the head office, and if the original test
mark has been determined to be incorrect, the appeal fee will
be refunded to the individual concerned.
When you have completed your test the test centre supervisor
will be able to tell you if you passed or failed the test.
If you failed the test, you can book another test by contacting
the booking line, and they'll give you details of your new
If you successfully pass the driver theory test, then you
can apply for your Irish provisional driving licence. This
is applied for at your local Motor Taxation Office. When applying
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Theory Test Centres
There are 41 Driver Theory Test locations around Ireland,
and you can decide where you want your test to take place.
The Waiting times for tests can vary between the different
Driver Theory Test centres, so if you're able to travel, you
can choose the test centre that suits your needs best!
The test centres are clean, smoke-free and have waiting
for those booked in to do their test. There are also toilet
facilities (including toilets for disabled persons) and facilities
to store your belongings whilst doing the test.
People with special needs, should contact the driver theory
centre in advance of the test, before calling to the centre.
It's best to advise of special needs when booking the test.
Please refer to the Irish Government Driver Theory website for up to date information on test centre locations etc: www.theorytest.ie
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