Under the Road Traffic (Licensing of Drivers) (Amendment) Regulations, 2001 a theory test certificate must be obtained before you can apply for a first learner permit.
The theory test is divided into the categories set out in Column 1 of the following table and a relevant theory test certificate must be furnished to a licensing authority for a first learner permit application in Column 2.
|Column 1||Column 2|
|Theory Test Certificate Category||Learner Permit Category|
A, A1 and M
B, EB and W
C, C1, EC and EC1
D, D1, ED and ED1
The Theory Test is carried out by the Driver Theory Testing Service.
Booking of the test can be arranged by telephoning the call centre for the service at Lo-Call Numbers:
|1890 606 106||(English)|
|1890 606 806||(Irish)|
|1890 606 216||(Text Phone)|
or by post at Driver Theory Testing Service, P.O. Box 788, Togher, Co. Cork. You can find further information by visiting their website at www.theorytest.ie.
The Driver Theory Test Application Form is also available in the Motor Taxation Office.
The fee for the test is €40.60 inclusive of V.A.T.
If you already hold a full licence and are applying for a first provisional in ANY new category, you must hold the relevant Theory Test for for that category. If you have previously passed the relevant category of Theory Test to obtain a licence, you will not be required to sit the test again. However, if you have not passed the relevant category of Theory Test (REGARDLESS OF CURRENT FULL CATEGORIES HELD,) you must sit the relevant test before applying for the permit.