About the Theory Test
The theory test for car drivers consists of 80 multiple choice questions.
Booking the Test
You can book online here.
Upon booking you will be given a booking number and sent an appointment letter or email as confirmation. Please note you can apply for a provisional driving licence up to three months before your seventeenth birthday. This would enable you to sit your theory test on your seventeenth birthday or shortly thereafter.
Cancelling the Test
You are required to give a minimum of ten clear working days notice of your decision to cancel or postpone your test, otherwise you will lose your test fee.
Arranging a Re-test
If you fail the test you will have to wait a minimum of ten clear working days before you can take the test again.
Other Special Requirements
The RSA are required to make every effort to ensure that the theory test can be taken by all candidates. However, it is important that you discuss your needs with them when booking the test.
To help candidates with dyslexia or other reading problems a headset can be provided with an English language voice-over. You can also ask for up to double the normal time to complete the test. If you have any queries please contact The Theory Test Candidate Services Team who are available Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM (excluding public holidays) at:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: call 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate) or text 1890 616 216
Foreign licence holders
If your driving licence was issued outside of the Republic you will need to obtain an Irish provisional/Learner permit from the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority. This can only be obtained once you pass the theory test.