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The Driver Theory Test

The Driver Theory Test

http://www.theorytest.ie/driver-theory-test/

The learner driver theory test was introduced in 2001. By law, before applying for a learner permit, candidates must complete and pass a test of their general road safety knowledge and motoring legislation. It applies to anyone applying for a first learner permit in any vehicle category.

Changes to Identification Required for Driver Theory Test:

 

From 17June 2017 any person sitting the Driver Theory Test will be required to present a Public Services Card at the Test Centre as proof of ID. At the time of booking the test, applicants will be asked to confirm that they possess a public services card.

In the test centre, the only acceptable form of ID will be the Public Services Card. The card will be used to verify name, PPS number and identity of the person attending for the test. Applicants will need to ensure that the spelling of the name in which they book their test matches exactly the spelling of their name on the card.

Theory tests can be taken at 41 test centre locations around the country as part of the RSA’s driver testing and licensing process.

For more information on how to apply for a Public Services Card, please visit the Department of Social Protection website.

For an easy to follow step by step to applying for a Public Services Card click here.

If you don’t yet have a Public Services Card you can make an appointment to get one either by using MyWelfare.ie or by calling into your local Social welfare local office and any queries about this application process should be made to telephone 1890 927 999

5 STEPS TO BOOKING YOUR TEST:

  1. Select Test Category
  2. Check ID Requirements
  3. Revise Official RSA Material
  4. Select a Test Centre
  5. Schedule Your Test

Reschedule or Cancel your Driver Theory Test

Should you wish to reschedule or cancel your Driver Theory Test booking please note that you must do so via the Reschedule/Cancel your Test page no later than 5 business days (to include 3 complete business days) prior to your test date. 

Alternatively, please call our Candidate Services Team on 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate) who are available Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM (excluding public holidays).

CATEGORY

FEE

BW (Car/Tractor & Work Vehicles) or AM (Motorcycle/Moped)

€45.00

Fees Overview

Choosing a Test Category

Please be advised that it is your responsibility to book the correct Theory Test category as this cannot be changed at the test centre. Test category names are displayed in English and Irish during the scheduling process – if displayed in Irish the test will be delivered in the Irish language.

The Driver Theory Test is designed to examine a Learner Driver’s knowledge of the Rules of the Road. There is a specific Theory Test for each licence category, the Theory Test that you apply for will depend on the licence category(s) in which you wish to obtain a licence.

Theory Test & Licence Categories

DRIVER THEORY TEST CATEGORY

EXAM NAME

RESPECTIVE LEARNER PERMIT / DRIVING LICENCE CATEGORY

BW

Car/Tractor & Work Vehicles Theory Test

B, BE and W

Licence Category Information

The following table provides information on current Licence Categories and relevant minimum age requirements.

CATEGORY

DETAILS

MINIMUM AGE

B

Vehicles (other than motorcycles, mopeds, work vehicles or land tractors) having a MAM not exceeding 3,500 kg, having passenger accommodation for not more than 8 persons and where the MAM* weight of the trailer is not greater than 750 kg. The combined MAM* weight of the drawing vehicle and trailer must not be greater than 3,500 kg. Quadricycles (other than those covered by AM) are also covered by this category.

17 years

BE

Combination of drawing vehicles in category B and trailer where the MAM* of the trailer is not greater than 3,500 kg.

17 years

Note that you do not have to pass the same theory test more than once. For example, if you pass the Driver Theory Test for category B and obtain a learner permit for category B, and subsequently wish to obtain a learner permit for category BE, you are not required to take another theory test, provided you still have a valid learner permit or driving licence for category B.

The learner driver theory test was introduced in 2001. By law, before applying for a learner permit, candidates must complete and pass a test of their general road safety knowledge and motoring legislation. It applies to anyone applying for a first learner permit in any vehicle category.

The test is designed to check knowledge of topics such as:

  • Rules of the Road
  • Risk perception
  • Eco-driving
  • Hazard awareness
  • Good driving behaviour

The test is computer-based but, like the fast check-in kiosks at airports, is designed for those who have little or no experience of using computers as well as those who do.

You will have a chance to take a practice session on the day before starting on the actual test. If you have special needs, please contact the Driver Theory Service and explain your requirements.

Driver Theory Service contact:
1890 606 106 (English language)
1890 606 806 (Irish language)
1890 616 216 (text or phone – for the hearing-impaired)

All exams for car, motorcycle, bus and truck categories contain new and amended questions. The format of the test, based on multiple choice questions, has remained unchanged and candidates are required to answer correctly 35 out of 40 questions in order to obtain a pass certificate. Candidates at the end of their exam will regardless of passing or failing also be provided, based on their performance, with a list of the categories recommended for further study e.g. Road Signs, Markings and Traffic Regulations, Alert Driving and Consideration for Road Users etc. All of these correspond to the categories listed in the training Material in order to facilitate revision or help improve overall skills.

Booking a test:

The theory test is managed on behalf of the RSA by a test partner, which operates a number of lo-call helplines to answer queries about the test and take test bookings:

1890 606 106 (English language)
1890 606 806 (Irish language)
1890 616 216 (text or phone – for the hearing-impaired)

Tests can be booked online at www.theorytest.ie

Tests are held in 41 theory test centres around the country.

The test is offered in both Irish and English and candidates with special requirements can be accommodated. A Polish, voiceover is available in all category of vehicles. A Russian and Lithuanian voiceover is available for the category B (car).

 

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