Ladybird Driving School has produced this helpful resource page to guide you through the process of applying for your driving test.
To make your life easier, we have also included all the necessary website links. You can apply for a driving test online or by post. Please note you cannot apply for your driving test by phone.
Before you apply for your driving test, make sure that you tick all the relevant boxes below:
- I have completed my 12 mandatory lessons (EDT Driving Lessons) with Ladybird Driving School
- I have a valid Learner Permit
- I satisfy the 6 Month Rule (if applicable)
- I have my PPS Number – this can be found on tax documents or your pay slip and it is often on correspondence from a social welfare or tax office
- I have a valid debit or credit card (Visa and Mastercard are currently accepted) – If you are applying by post, payments can be made by cheque, postal order or bank draft.
What is the EDT Driving Training Course?
The Essential Driver Training course is made up of 12 one-hour lessons, which you must complete before taking your Driving test.
All Ladybird Driving Instructors are registered with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to deliver the EDT Course (EDT Driving Lessons).
You can now view all your EDT training records online. With your own personalised essential driver training application (My EDT), you can verify that all your EDT Lessons have been uploaded to the RSA System.
What is the 6 Month Rule?
First time Learner Permit holders for cars must wait 6 months from the date of issue of their learner permit before they can sit their driving test.
A holder of a current valid full driving licence from another country (jurisdiction) for more than six months is exempt from this requirement, provided you forward a current valid original driving licence and a letter of entitlement from the relevant licensing authority in that country to the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
Driving Test Waiting Times
The current average waiting time for a Category B (car/light van) driving test, per test centre, based on the waiting times of applicants who had a test appointment during the last 4 weeks, can be viewed by clicking the link below:
When will I receive a test date?
You will receive notification of your test date 5 weeks in advance of the test appointment date.
When applying you should state your unavailable dates and you will not be scheduled during that time.
If you require a test date during a specific time period beyond the normal waiting time please note on your application that you are unavailable until that date.
Short Notice Test
If you have selected this option, The RSA will be in contact with you as soon as an appointment becomes available. If you wish to be placed on the short notice list, you may be given less than 10 days’ notice of your test appointment.
What if you want to cancel/reschedule your test appointment?
If you cannot sit your test on the date you have been given, you can cancel that test and apply for another one.
If you have cancelled 2 or more driving test appointments in the past or if you give the RSA less than 10 days’ notice before your test appointment, your application will be cancelled, and you will have to reapply and pay again for a new driving test appointment.
If you need to cancel your test, click here and follow the instructions on the screen.
From time to time there may be disruption to your driving tests due to adverse weather conditions.
Please click here to see any updates in relation to disruptions to driving tests.
Driving Test Vehicle
You are required to bring a vehicle to the test centre on the day of your driving test. The Road Safety Authority does not provide a vehicle for your driving test. You must be insured to drive the vehicle.
The vehicle must display a current valid original insurance disc (currently not accepting emailed versions of insurance discs), current valid motor tax disc and NCT disc, if required.
Ladybird Driving School offers Car Hire and Pretest Deals for all driving test centres at exceptionally competitive rates.
What if I drive an Automatic Vehicle?
You are not required to notify the Road Safety Authority that you will be sitting your driving test in an automatic vehicle. You can take your driving test in an automatic vehicle, however if you pass the driving test in a vehicle with automatic transmission, your driving licence will only allow you to drive a vehicle with automatic transmission.
If you pass your driving test in a manual vehicle you will be licensed to drive both automatic transmission and manual cars.
If applying for my driving test by post, where do I send my documents?
You can download an application form here or visit your local library or Motor Tax Office to pick one up.
Complete the form and send it along with your payment to:
Driver Testing Section,
Road Safety Authority,
Moy Valley Business Park,
What are the telephone contact details for the Driver Testing Section?
Telephone: 1890 40 60 40 or 196 25000
Hours: 8.30 to 17.00, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.
How to Get Started
Ladybird Driving School has the reputation of delivering above the industry standards which means the passing your driving test becomes a reality quicker and more effectively than any other provider in this Business. How do we do this?
Why Choose UsArrive on Time and in Uniform
Fully qualified ADI Instructor
Flexible Schedules for Booking
Home, College & Work Pickup
30 Years of Driving Experience