There are nearly three million people with driving licenses in Ireland, and if you want to join them, there are a couple of stages you have to go through.

Stage one, of course, is the theory test.

The learner driver theory test was first introduced in Ireland almost twenty years ago.

Since 2001, all prospective drivers have had to complete, by law, the theory test before getting a full driving licence.


The theory test aims to give candidates general road safety knowledge while also touching on motoring legislation.

You will learn about the rules of the road, risk perception, eco-driving, hazard awareness and good driving behaviour.

It applies to anyone applying for a first learners permit in any vehicle category.

In total, there are 40 questions – you must answer 35 correctly out of 40 to pass – and it is multiple-choice.

The current fee for taking your theory test in Ireland is €45.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

You won’t take your driving test if you’ve never driven before.

And you should treat the theory test with the same respect.

There is a wide range of books and smartphone apps available to help you prepare.

Click here to see the official list of preparation materials.

How to book your theory test.

After you’ve prepared, it’s now time to book your theory test.

There are over forty test centre locations dotted around Ireland so pick the one closest to you.

You can find the full list of locations and addresses here.

If, after booking your theory test, you need to reschedule, you can request it no later than five business days before your test date.

What to expect on the day of your test

When you arrive at the test centre staff will go through your identification to ensure accuracy.

Be prepared: if you do not bring the proper ID with you or if you’re late, you may not be allowed to complete your test and could lose your full test fee.

After the completion of ID checks and paperwork, you will sign in, and a member of staff will explain the procedures of the test.

The staff member will then show you to a work station where you can begin the test.

You will take the test on a computer; either a touch screen or a desktop with a keyboard and mouse.

You will also be able to take a practice session before the actual test so that you can get comfortable with it.

Work your way through each question and if you get stuck, don’t worry; you can skip or mark questions and return to them later if you have spare time at the end.

Thankfully, there’s no long wait until you find out your result; you will get a test score sheet before you leave the test centre.

If you fail your test, you can re-sit it quite quickly; you only have to wait three business days before your re-sit.

Oh, and before we forget: GOOD LUCK!

Book your theory test HERE.