The Official RSA Driver Theory Test
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Resumption of Services June 2020
Yes, all candidates are required to wear a mask/face covering at all times in a Driver Theory Test Centre. Face masks will not be provided in the Test Centre.
If you require an exception to this requirement please call 1890 606 106 to discuss with the team.
If you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms on the day of your test appointment or at any point in the previous 14 days, you must not attend for your appointment.
Please use our Reschedule/Cancel page or call 1890 606 106 to reschedule your appointment. You will not lose your test fee and a test will be rescheduled for you.
Contact tracing will be initiated following you confirmation of COVID 19 by the HSE. You can call HSELive on 1850 24 1850 for further guidance.
A booking for a Driver Theory Test may be made via our Book your Theory Test or by telephone at 1890 606 106.
All available appointments are visible online via Book your Theory Test. Any candidates who had appointments on the suspension of the service were rescheduled in the earliest available slots, so some locations may have longer waiting time than others.
Additional appointments are added frequently so please check Book your Theory Test for more information or call 1890 606 106 for assistance with finding a date and location near to you.
If you feel unwell on the day of the test or display Covid-19 symptoms, you can contact us at 1890 606 106 and the test will be rescheduled to a later date free of charge.
Due to social distancing and requirements for seats for waiting customers we do not allow anyone to wait in the Test Centre other than customers.
Due to the social distancing requirements, normal daily capacity will be considerably reduced. We will open additional days including Saturdays, (at some centres) and extended hours to allow additional capacity for appointments.
Please comply with the driving distance restrictions as part of the phased approach to reopening Ireland. Theory Test Centres will re-open as part of Phase 2 which is currently arranged for the 8 June. During Phase 2 please adhere to the government’s travel restrictions.
You should already have been assigned another date, please check your email for information about a future appointment date. If you have not received an appointment please visit theorytest.ie for further information or contact the Driver Theory Test Service at 1890 606 106.
Customers can continue to book a Driver Theory Test online via Book your Theory Test or by calling 1890 606 106. Walk-in appointment is not a facility offered as part of the Driver Theory Test service.
Additional time, recorded voiceovers in English and other languages and ISL video clips are currently available to customers who require assistance. The options can be booked via Book your Theory Test or by calling 1890 606 106.
In-person assistance services such as translators, reader recorders and dyslexia support professionals will remain suspended until government guidelines allow the service to resume.
All Driver Theory Test Centres comply with workplace safety protocols and provided such persons meet the particular requirements as set out in HSE Guidelines relating to themselves then it is safe to attend for a Theory Test.
Yes – strict rules in compliance with Government Return to Work Safely Protocols are in place in each Driver Theory Test Centre. These cover, among other matters, social distancing, sanitary facilities and cleansing of facilities including computer test stations.
Hand sanitiser will be available at all Test Centres.
Customers will be instructed to place personal belongings in a locker. Each locker will be cleaned with antibacterial wipes between each candidate use. Customers will maintain possession of the locker key and the ID and asked to take a seat in the waiting area.
Customer information sheets have been posted on the notices area of the Test Centre so customers will no longer need to handle these documents. Customers will be asked to place the ID (open on the picture page if a passport) into a plastic pocket provided and onto the desk for inspection by the Test Centre Administrator.
The local Test Centre Administrator (TCA) is responsible for making sure protocols are adhered to, this will be supported by inspections by the Driver Theory Test provider Prometric. At a national level, the Health and Safety Authority will monitor compliance.
Staff training and induction has been arranged as part of Test Centre readiness – this will include training on new protocols and use of PPE. A training video has been created which covers the cleaning procedures required at all test centres to ensure all staff are up to date on sanitisation requirements. This will be delivered via online training module and assessment.
Theory Test Centres will have a one-way entry and exit system where possible in the candidate flow to minimise contact between candidates and staff.
Customers may wear gloves and/or a face covering while attending for your appointment in the Test Centre, however, these must be brought with you to the Test Centre.
Face masks/covering or gloves will not be not be provided in the Test Centre. You will be asked to safely remove the mask (temporarily) to verify your identity as part of the check-in procedure.
It is recommended that all customers wear a face covering at all times in a Driver Theory Test Centre to ensure the safest possible environment for customers and staff.
Hand sanitiser will be available in the Test Centre, at test stations and at other points of contact for customers. Test stations, lockers and all contact areas will be wiped down after each customer.
Booking your Test
A person who is disqualified may undergo a driving theory test in respect of the categories AM or BW. Persons seeking a test in the higher categories (Truck, Bus, CPC, ADI) may only undergo the test when they hold a valid driving licence in category B and they thus cannot undergo the test when disqualified.
Persons who have passed the theory test in categories AM or BW while disqualified may subsequently have the certificate accepted if presented within the validity period and with a valid application for a learner permit.
For further clarification please visit the RSA website.
There are five separate Driver Theory Test categories:
|Category||Exam name||Respective Learner Permit/Driving Licence Category|
|AM||Motorcycle/Moped Theory Test||A, A1, A2 and AM|
|BW||Car/Tractor & Work Vehicles Theory Test||B, BE and W|
|C||Truck Theory Test||C, CE, C1 and C1E|
|D||Bus Theory Test||D, DE, D1 and D1E|
|CD||Bus & Truck Theory Test|
There are over 40 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.
The official fees for the Driver Theory Test are detailed in the relevant booking page – please choose your test type from the Booking Page.
Accepted payment methods for all Driver Theory Test categories are Mastercard, Visa Credit/Debit, and cheque or postal order.
Changing your Test
Yes, you can reschedule or cancel your booking providing the request is made no later than 5 business days (to include 3 complete business days) prior to your test date.
For example, to reschedule or cancel a test booked for a Friday you must inform us on the previous Monday or for a test booked for a Saturday you must inform us on the previous Monday.
Alternatively, please call our Candidate Services Team on 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate) Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM.
If you fail to arrive at the Test Centre in time for your test appointment, or cancel your test in less than 5 business days (to include 3 complete business days) prior to your test date, you will lose your test fee.
Taking your Test
Firstly, the Test Centre staff will check if you have the required Identification.
Please note that if you do not bring the required identification with you or you are late for your appointment you will not be allowed to test and you will lose your test fee.
Then, you will be signed in and a Test Centre Administrator (TCA) will explain the procedures and how the test works. They will then show you to the workstation where you will take your test.
Theory Tests are provided in the Irish language for Vehicle Categories A, B, C & D.
You will be given a specific timeframe and number of questions depending on the your Driver Theory Test category. The questions are selected randomly from the question bank for the relevant test sections.
|AM or BW||45 mins||40||35|
|C or D||120 mins||100||74|
|Bus Module Test||45 mins||40||30|
|Truck Module Test||45 mins||40||30|
Yes, you can skip or mark questions and then come back to them at any stage within your test time.
Yes, there is a simple way to cancel your answer and select another.
No – as part of the test there is the option to take a practice session so you can become familiar with how the test works. If you do have any concerns or problems our staff are trained to help.
Any attempt by a candidate to cheat in the Driver Theory Test is taken seriously.
Prometric Ireland Ltd. is employed by the Road Safety Authority to deliver the Driver Theory Test in a secure environment, to protect the integrity of the test and to provide a fair and equal opportunity to all candidates who sit the test. Any attempts to cheat that contravene this secure and fair environment are reported immediately to the Road Safety Authority.
If an incident of cheating occurs, it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. On foot of the review, a non-testing period may be applied to a candidate. During this period, the candidate is not permitted to book or sit a Driver Theory Test.
The candidate will be informed in writing if a non-testing period is to be applied and the duration of this period. Finally, we also wish to remind you that the Test Centre is video and audio monitored at all times.
A maximum non-testing period of 3 months from the test date is applied to candidates caught cheating.
Yes, you can exit your test at any time you see fit.
Once you have completed your Driver Theory Test, before you leave the Test Centre, you will be handed a score report with your results.
You can request a duplicate of your Driver Theory Test certificate by calling 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate) to speak to our Candidate Service Team who are available Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM (excluding public holidays).
You will be asked to provide personal and test details, such as your name, address, date of birth and test confirmation number (provided in the confirmation email/letter you received for your test).
Please note that a fee of €15.00 is payable for this process. Acceptable payment methods are: Mastercard or Visa Credit/Debit Cards. This payment is non-refundable.
You can request a rescore of your Driver Theory Test by calling 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate) to speak to our Candidate Service Team who are available Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM (excluding public holidays).
You will be asked to complete a test appeals which can be returned via email. Please note you can only appeal a test result within 10 days of your exam.
The fee for this process is €15.00. Acceptable payment methods are: Cheque or Postal Order made payable to Prometric Ireland.
Once you have completed your Driver Theory Test, before you leave the Test Centre, you will be handed a score report with your results. This report will show the specific category areas where you answered questions incorrectly.
You will have to wait at least 3 complete business days before you are able to re-sit your test.
Your Driver Theory Test Certificate is only valid for 2 years from the date of your test.
If you have not submitted an application to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres for your first learner permit within 2 years of your test, you will have to sit and pay for the test again.
Please Note: only drivers who have passed a Full Category C (Truck) Theory Test or full Category D (Bus) Theory Test on or after September 30th, 2014, are eligible to sit a Bus or Truck Module Theory Test.
These tests can be taken in addition to either the full Bus Theory Test or full Truck Theory Test.
For example; when a candidate sits and passes the Bus Driver Theory Test this provides them with a Driver Theory Test Certificate in driving a bus, plus the first part of the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
If within two years of passing the full Bus Driver Theory Test the candidate decides they would like to be able to drive a truck also, they can sit the Truck Module Theory Test, meaning that they do not need to sit the full Truck Driver Theory Test.
However, if the candidate decides they would also like to be able to drive a truck two years after they initially sat the full Bus Theory Test, this exemption will expire and they will be required to sit the full Truck Theory Test as normal.
To book your Bus Module Test please call our Candidate Services Team on 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate) Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM.
You are required to pass a Driver Theory Test if it is your first learner permit / provisional licence in a specific category.
You must submit your application to the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres and provide the Driver Theory Test certificate in respect of the category you are applying for.
The Official Driver Theory Test service is operated by Prometric Ireland Ltd. on behalf of the Road Safety Authority.
There are various options to accommodate candidates who may require special assistance to take their test.
For instance, we offer a voiceover option whereby the questions and answers are read out to the candidate over the headphones; we can allow extra time for the candidate to take the test; we also offer a reader recorder service whereby a staff member will read the questions and answers to the candidate and record their answer on screen.
To avail of extra time or a reader recorder service during your test, please write to us with evidence on official headed paper from a teacher, doctor or professional person confirming the assistance you require.
This should be posted to: Driver Theory Test, PO Box 15, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Please note the voiceover option can be selected upon booking your test online or via telephone.
Should you require further assistance please contact our Candidate Services Team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate), Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM (excluding public holidays).
Please see our Official Revision Material page.
To apply or a BE learner permit you need to have completed a Driver Theory Test*. If you have already successfully passed a Driver Theory Test you can apply directly to the NDLS to have a BE learner permit issued to you.
If you have never successfully passed a Driver Theory Test then you need to apply for a Car Theory Test.
In the interest of maintaining a quiet and professional testing environment for all candidates, we ask that all Driver Theory Test candidates behave in a respectful and appropriate manner when attending the Test Centre. Abusive and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated at the Test Centres.
Should a Driver Theory Test candidate behave in an unsatisfactory manner, it is possible that the candidate may not be permitted to test and may be asked to leave the Test Centre. The Gardaí will be contacted if necessary.
If an incident of abusive and/or anti-social behaviour occurs, it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. On foot of the review, a non-testing period may be applied to a candidate. During this period, the candidate is not permitted to book or sit a Driver Theory Test. The candidate will be informed in writing if a non-testing period is to be applied and the duration of this period.
Finally, we also wish to remind you that the Test Centre is video and audio monitored at all times.
A maximum non-testing period of 3 months from the test date may be applied to candidates demonstrating anti-social behaviour.
For full details on the Driver CPC licence acquisition process are available from the RSA CPC Unit website.
The ESDS Theory Test is open to nominated emergency services drivers who work for the following organisations which form the ESDS Panel (who were involved in the development of the standard):
- Civil Defence
- The Irish Coast Guard
- The Defence Forces
- An Garda Síochána
- Health Service Executive National Ambulance Service
- The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council
- The Chief Fire Officer’s Association
- The National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management
- The Irish Prison Service
The purpose of the test is to examine knowledge of the appropriate level of ESDS. In order to prepare for your ESDS Theory Test the RSA have a recommended reading list, which is detailed below.
- ESDS Guidance Manual
- ESDS Syllabus
- Rules of the Road
- RSA Medical Fitness to Drive Guidelines
- RSA Learning to Drive a Car
- RSA Guide – Sharing the Road with Emergency Service Vehicles
- RSA Learning to Drive a Truck
- ESDS Information booklet
- ESDS Competence Framework
- RSA Learning to drive a bus
- ESDS Drivers Guide
- ESDS Trainers Handbook
- ESDS Tactical Response Guidelines
Full details can be found on ESDS section of the RSA website.