Department of Transport
Published on 20 June 2019
Last updated on 22 April 2021
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. Once you pass this test - you can apply for a full driving licence.
Apply for a Driving Test
If you are under 60, you will need to renew your full driving licence every ten years.
If you are 67 or over, you will need to renew your full driving licence every 1 or 3 years depending on your doctor's advice.
You can renew your licence here.
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