By Mark Russell
Driving is a convenient and efficient mode of transportation that opens up a world of possibilities. In Ireland, obtaining a driving licence can seem like a daunting task, but it's not as difficult as it may seem. This guide outlines the steps you need to follow to get your driving licence in Ireland.
Step 1: Take Your Theory Test
Once you've completed your EDT lessons, it's time to take your theory test. The theory test is designed to assess your knowledge of road signs, rules, and regulations, as well as your ability to identify potential hazards. To prepare for your theory test, you can study the Road Safety Authority (RSA) guide or take a practice test online.
Step 2: Apply for Your Learner Permit
Before you can start learning to drive, you need to apply for a learner permit. You can do this at the National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) website or visit them in person. To apply, you must be a minimum age of 17 and have a valid passport or identity card. You'll also need to complete an eye test and pass a theory test, which is designed to assess your knowledge of road signs, rules, and regulations.
To apply for first time learner permit, you will need the following:
- Verified MyGovID
- A Public Services Card
- Driver Theory Test Report (in the past 2 years)
- If required, eyesight report form (taken in the last 1 month)
- If required, medical report form (taken in the last 1 month)
- If your address differs from the one on your PSC, then you need to provide a proof of address (dated within the last 6 months)
- Resident in Ireland proof (if place of birth & nationality is outside EU/EEA)
- Completed Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), if required
- Application fee of €35.00 (Above 70 years of age are exempted of this fee)
Step 3: Find a Driving Instructor or School
Finding the right driving instructor or school is crucial in your journey towards obtaining your driving licence. A good driving instructor will help you develop your driving skills and prepare you for your driving test. To find a driving instructor, you can ask for recommendations from friends and family, or search online for driving schools in your area. You’re driving instructor will teach you how to drive on roundabouts, make you familiar with various test routes, teach you techniques on speed, safety and what all parameters testers can use to judge your driving skills on the test day.
Step 4: Essential Driver Training (EDT)
EDT is a mandatory 12-lesson programme designed to help you develop the essential skills you need to be a safe and responsible driver. You’re driving instructor will provide you with the lessons, which will cover topics such as driving on roads, turning at junctions, and driving at night.
Step 5: Choose a Test Centre
Once you've passed your theory test, you can book your driving test at a test centre near you. Test centres are located in various locations throughout Ireland, so choose one that's convenient for you. Make sure you book your test well in advance to avoid disappointment & be confident of your driving on your test day.
Step 6: Practice Your Driving Skills
Before your driving test, make sure you get plenty of practice driving on different roads and in different conditions. You’re driving instructor will provide you with tips and advice on How to Prepare for your Driving Test. Remember, the more you practice, the more confident and prepared you'll be for your driving test.
Step 7: Take Your Driving Test
The driving test is a practical test of your driving skills and includes a range of manoeuvres, including driving on roads, turning at junctions, and reversing depending on what the tester asks you to do. To pass your driving test, you must demonstrate that you can drive safely and responsibly.
To pass the driving test, one should not incur the following:
- 1 or more grade 3 faults
- 4 of the same grade 2 faults for a single aspect
- 6 or more grade 2 faults under the same heading
- 9 or more grade 2 faults overall
Step 8: Get Your Full Driving Licence
Once you've passed your driving test, you'll receive your full driving licence. Congratulations! You're now a qualified driver and ready to hit the road.
Make note that you do not receive your full driving license immediately. Once you pass the test, you will receive a certificate of competency first. This certificate does not permit you to drive as a full licence holder until you actually possess a full valid driving license. So till then, you will still have to follow the rules of the learner permit.
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