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ADI - Approved Driving Instructor


About the ADI Theory Test

The RSA have implemented a qualification process for anyone wishing to become a driving instructor: those who meet the required standards will gain an ADI qualification.

The ADI Theory Test forms stage one of a three-stage qualification process, which is followed by the Driving Test and Instruction Ability Test.

You must have registered for your test(s) with the RSA prior to scheduling your ADI Theory Test to be issued a unique eligibility number, which is required for the ADI Theory Test booking process. If you have not done so, please contact the RSA ADI Unit.

Two simple steps to book your ADI Theory Test

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 Centre Locations

There are over forty Driver Theory Test locations throughout the Republic of Ireland. You can choose a Test Centre that is most convenient to you.

Please note that available appointment times may vary between Test Centres – you will be able to select your Test Centre and view its current appointment times at the online booking service.

See a full list of test centre locations and addresses: DTT Test Centre Location Map (PDF, 3mb).

Please note failure to bring correct identification will result in you not being able to test and you will lose your test fee. We ask that you please arrive 30 minutes ahead of your test time to allow for your check-in process.

We will only accept one of the following forms of identity (hard copy only – photocopy/pictures of ID are not acceptable):

  • Public Services Card (with photograph)
  • Passports (valid for international use only or up to maximum 12 months expired)
  • Irish Passport Cards (valid for international use, not expired and in good condition)
  • National Identity Card from EU/EEA Member States or Switzerland
  • Irish Category B (Car) or Category A (Motorcycle) Learner Permit or Full Driving Licence (valid and in good condition – please use this official NDLS page to check the validity of your Licence or Learner Permit)
  • Irish Travel Document (for more information see the Citizens Information website)
  • Current Ukraine driving licence

Identification Policy

If you do not bring the required identity identification with you, or you are late for your appointment, you will not be allowed to sit your test and you will lose your fee.

  • Ensure you follow the instructions clearly when entering your details during the booking process.
  • You must ensure you use your full name as displayed on your Identification when making your booking.
  • Spelling of the name on the identification with which you book your test must match the spelling of your name on the Identification exactly that you will present at the test centre.
  • All candidates must present their Identification with some test categories requiring additional ID, please see Step 2: Check ID Requirements above.
  • Should you require Assistance or language facility options please refer to our Test Day Assistance/Support section.
  • Please Note: Candidates must schedule their exam using an Irish address. Candidates who have scheduled their exam using an address outside of the Republic of Ireland will not be allowed to test and will lose their fee.
  • Please Note: As part of the security check-in you will be required to verify some personal information. You will be unable to test if this information cannot be provided accurately.

Once you have carefully read through the steps required to schedule your ADI Theory Test, you may proceed to complete your booking in real time and receive immediate on-screen and email/letter confirmation.

Residency entitlement requirement to apply for a learner permit or driving licence:

You must be able to prove that you are a national of the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland or have leave to remain in Ireland to be eligible to apply for a learner permit or driving licence.

Please read the full list of documents which can be accepted as evidence of residency entitlement to apply for a learner permit or driving licence.

What are the costs?

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Exam NameTest Fee
ADI Exam€150.00

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