Department of Transport
Published at 20 June 2019
Last updated 20 June 2019
You need to be at least 17 years old to drive in Ireland.
Before you can take lessons or start practicing driving, you must pass the official driver's theory test.
Apply for a Driver Theory Test
Once you've passed the theory test, you must apply for a learner's permit. You must hold this learner's permit for at least six months before you can complete a driving test. The cost of a learner's permit is €35.
Apply for a Learner's Permit
All cars must be taxed before travelling on Irish roads. You also must be covered under a valid insurance policy before driving on any road in Ireland.
You can learn more about insurance here.
You can get your car taxed here.
Before taking the official driver's test, you must complete a minimum of 12 lessons with an approved driving instructor. Click below to find one in your area.
Find a Driving Instructor
The cost of a driving test is €85.
Apply for a Driving Test
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