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Day of the Test

You should be present in the test centre about 10mins before the appointed time of your test. If you are late, the test cannot be conducted and the fee will be forfeited.

The driver tester will check your provisional licence to establish that it:

relates to you;
is current;(in date)
is for the correct category of vehicle.

You will be asked to read and sign a statement confirming that:
  • The vehicle insurance cover is in place and is adequate.
  • Your vehicle is in roadworthy condition - further information in relation to vehicle roadworthiness will be provided with your appointment letter

The Test

The driving test is straightforward. For cars it will last about 45 minutes and will include:
  • Questions on the Rules of the Road (including identifying road signs)
  • Demonstrating hand signals

  • Under the bonnet & technical checks

  • Reversing round a corner
  • A turnabout (or three point turn) in the road

  • A hill start
  • Driving approximately five miles under a variety of road and traffic conditions

Your driving will be assessed in the following situations:
  • Moving off

  • Driving in traffic

  • Stopping

  • Reversing round a corner
  • Turning about to face in the opposite direction

  • Starting on a hill

  • Parking

Aspects of your driving assessed will include:
  • Road positioning
  • Overtaking and passing

  • Anticipation and observation
  • Use of mirrors and signals

  • Progress

  • Speed
  • Compliance with traffic lights, road signs and markings

  • Use of the vehicle controls (accelerator, clutch, gears, brakes and steering)
  • Use of secondary controls such as wipers, demisters, etc.

Recent enhancements to the test mean that you should ensure that you know how to operate the secondary controls, such as windscreen wipers and washers, demisters, rear window heater, lights and air-conditioning where fitted. You must also know how to adjust the seat, seat-belt and mirrors and ensure the doors are closed, all secondary controls should also be working correctly.

For a motorcycle test, you must be able to remove the machine from its stand. You must also know how to adjust the helmet

For a vehicle and trailer, you must know how to uncouple and recouple the trailer from/to the drawing vehicle

For a heavy goods vehicle(HGV) test, you must know how to check the power-assisted braking and steering systems, and how to use any retarder or exhaust brake as fitted to the vehicle

For a bus or Passenger service Vehicle (PSV) test, you must also know how to operate the fuel shut-off valve, the main power switch, and how to manually open and close any powered doors as fitted to the vehicle.

Passengers other than the driver tester and/or Department officers are not permitted to accompany you in the vehicle during the practical test. The tester may be accompanied on test for training/supervisory purposes. While the accompanying officer may take notes, s/he has no input into the conduct or outcome of the test.

Useful information to help you:

The examiner will realise that you may be nervous and will try to put you at ease; unlike your instructor, the examiner will not offer you encouragement or advice. You should not be put off by this formal approach which is designed to ensure fairness to all applicants.

While you will be given clear directions throughout the test, should you not understand a particular direction, ask the tester to repeat or clarify it;
if you make a mistake, do not worry unduly. It may not be as serious as it appears and may not mean you have failed

A supervisory tester may accompany the tester - this is quite normal.

Your Test Result

If you pass:

You will receive a certificate of competency to drive. This enables you to apply to your local Motor Taxation Office for a full driving licence. The certificate is valid for two years. You should take out a full licence within that period or you will be obliged to pass the driving test again in order to obtain a full licence.

Remember, passing the driving test is not the end of the learning process; so continue to drive carefully and build up your experience in different traffic, weather, lighting and road conditions.

If you fail:

You will receive a detailed report on the faults which occurred during the test. Pay particular attention to these when preparing for your next test without, of course, neglecting other aspects of your driving.

A person aggrieved by a decision of a driving test may appeal to the appropriate District Court under Section 33 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961. The District Court may either refuse the appeal or if satisfied that the test was not properly conducted, direct that the applicant be given a further test without payment of another fee.

NB: This page is intended as a guide only and is not an interpretation of the law

Check List

Provisional Licence: in date & has the correct category

Tax: disc is in date & correct reg. no.

Insurance: disc is in date & correct reg. no.

Nct: disc is in date and is displayed on windscreen

Bonnet check: check that all oil & water etc. is topped up

Lights: check brake lights & indicators are working correctly and are the correct colour.

Seatbelt: check passenger belt is working

Tyres: vehicles with bald or worn tyres will not be taken on test

Time: check the time for your test is correct.

Test Centre: for example, there are now 2 test centres in Naas - make sure you go to the right one
DRIVERDEALS.IE, Canal View, Sarto Park, Naas, Co Kildare, Ireland.
Phone : +353 (0)87 2708758 E-mail:


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