Driving in Ireland

There are a number of requirements for driving in Ireland. This page provides links to relevant information and services.

General information on motoring in Ireland, click here.

Before applying for a Learner Permit, candidates must complete and pass a test of their general road safety knowledge and motoring legislationApply for your Driver Theory Test here. Learners can find a driving instructor here.

To obtain a driving licence you first need to pass your driving test. The Road Safety Authority website facilitates online applications for the driving test, here. If for any reason you need to cancel your test you can do so here.

Licence holders can register for a reminder of a licence expiry date here.

It is a legal requirement in Ireland to have motor tax if you want to drive your vehicle in a public place. The Motor Tax Office provides an online facility, here, for payment of motor tax. This site also provides information about motor tax rates.

Motor dealers are involved in the majority of vehicle sale and purchase transactions. If you are buying a car from a motor dealer, they can register the change of vehicle ownership online here.

Introduced in 2000, the National Car Test (NCT) is a preventative road safety measure that ensures vehicles, particularly older vehicles, using Irish roads are in sound working order. Car owners can arrange a test for their car here. The online facility also allows the customer to change or cancel a booking.

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