How to Get Your Driving Licence in Ireland

In the Republic of Ireland the earliest you can sit your driving test is six months after your 17th birthday. Before you can apply you need to obtain a Learners Permit (Provisional driving Licence). Once you have your Provisional Driving Licence you are required to get driving lessons (using a Manual or Automatic car) with an RSA Approved Driving instructor (ADI) and then it's up to you! So practice, practice, practice!

(Try one of our Manual or Automatic cars for driving lessons and to PASS the Drivng Test)


Theory Lesson Classes

Driver theory lessons are back on this and every Tuesday at 7pm Free of charge. 99% Pass Rate, Address: Redeemer Family Centre, Ardes muinn, dundalk, Co.Louth 
Ph: 083 3349398 , 083 8577548 or 087 7971576

Steps involved:

  1. Apply for your Theory Test: you can apply up to three months before your 17th birthday. However your application will not become valid until the day of your 17th birthday. To book your test online visit: or call 096-25008 / 1890 606 406.
  2. Study the Rules of the Road and read the following book 'Official Driver Theory Test: Questions and Answers 5th Edtion'. 
  3. Answer our Sample Theory & Driving Test Questions.
  4. Once you have passed your theory test (answering at least 35 questions correct out of 40) apply for your Provisional Driving Licence (Learner Permit).
  5. Regulations now require that you complete a course of 12 EDT (Essential Driver Training) lessons.
  6. Book your driving test online here Waiting times are usually about 8 weeks.
  7. Contact us (083 334 9398) to enquire about driving lessons. We will discuss your ability and tailor your lessons accordingly.
  8. Your Driving Test: to successfully pass your test you need to; have good technical knowledge of your car, know your Road Signs and Rules of the Road, drive competently for approximately 40 minutes in varied traffic conditions. We are familiar with all the various driving test routes in Dundalk. 
  9. Your Driving Tester will inform you when you return to the test centre whether you have passed or failed.
  10. Get your licence: Bring your certificate, fee and 2 passport photos to your local Motor Tax Office and complete the appropriate form. 

Driving Theory Test Centre Locations

  • Dundalk: Office 1, 2nd Floor, Block 1 Quayside Business Park, Millstreet, Dundalk, Co.Louth. Call: 1890 606 106.
  • Drogheda: 12 Shop Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Call: 1890 606 106.
  • Dublin: Unit 48, Block 5, Northwood Business Campus, Northwood Crescent, Santry, Dublin, Dublin 9.

 For more information visit:

Driving Test Centre Locations

Dundalk Dublin Meath Monaghan
Crowne Plaza Hotel Jamestown Business Park Government Offices The Plantation
Inner Relief Road Jamestown Road Athlumney Monaghan
Dundalk Finglas Kilcairn Co. Monaghan
Co. Louth Co. Dublin Navan  
    Co. Meath  
Call: 1890 406 040 Call: 1890 406 040 Call: 1890 406 040 Call: 1890 406 040

Get in touch and book a Lesson

Do you want to pass your driving test first time? We have the highest 'first-time' pass rates in the North East. Call us on 083 334 9398 or email Gift vouchers are now available to buy online.

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