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Learn how to drive a car in Ireland

From: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Check you are eligible to drive

You need to be at least 17 years old to drive in Ireland.

Pass the theory test

Before you can take lessons or start practicing driving, you must pass the official driver's theory test.

Apply for a Driver Theory Test

Apply for a learner's permit

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

Tax and insure your car

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.

Practice driving with an approved instructor

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

Book your driving test

The cost of a driving test is €85.

Apply for a Driving Test

Apply for your full licence

Apply for your driving licence

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