EDT driving course and driving test information
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EDT Driving course and your driving test requirements

We have compiled the information you need whether you are looking to take your very first driving lesson or are already part way through your EDT course.



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Changes to the licencing process in Ireland

Step 1. The driver theory test

Before applying for your first learner permit, you must first pass the driver theory test. The purpose of this test is to check your knowledge of topics such as the Rules of the Road, risk perception, eco-driving, hazard awareness, and safe driving behaviour.

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Online theory test

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Step 2. Getting your learner permit

Once you have passed your theory, you need to apply for a learner permit in order to start learning to drive.

To get yours, you have to verify your identity as part of the face to face application process in an NDLS centre. This means that you will have to submit documentation to prove your identity, your address & your PPSN, as well as confirmation of your country of birth/residency entitlement.

A first and second learner permit usually lasts for two years each time while a third and subsequent permit lasts for one year. More info here

Application form

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Step 3. EDT

Essential driver training insformation for learner drivers in Ireland

The Essential Driver Training course is made up of 12 one-hour lessons. These must be completed before taking your Driving test. Training completed with an individual who does not currently hold RSA approval cannot count as part of your EDT and will need to be repeated with an RSA EDT approved Instructor. EDT Course information | EDT Sample Logbook

Step 3. The driving test

To apply for your driving test, you will have had to held your learner permit for a minimum of 6 months and completed your EDT lessons and be able to produce a completed EDT log book.

The driving test for cars lasts half-an-hour to 40 minutes and includes:

  • Questions on the Rules of the Road (including identifying road signs)
  • Demonstrating hand signals
  • Reversing round a corner
  • A U-turn in the road
  • A hill start
  • Driving approximately five miles in a variety of road and traffic conditions

Your driving will be assessed in the following situations:

  • Moving off
  • Driving in traffic
  • Stopping Reversing around a corner
  • Turning about, to face in the opposite direction
  • Starting on a hill

Aspects of your driving assessed will include:

  • Road positioning
  • Overtaking and passing
  • Anticipation and observation
  • Use of mirrors and signals
  • Progress Speed
  • Compliance with traffic lights, road signs and markings
  • Use of the vehicle controls (accelerator, clutch, gears, brakes and steering)
  • Use of secondary controls such as wipers, de-misters, etc

On passing your test

After you pass you test, the tester will issue you with a Certificate of Competency, which you can then exchange for a full driving licence at your local NDLS Centre.

Step 4. Driving with N-Plates

For 2 years after passing your test, you are required to display N-Plates on your vehicle

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Lesson times
Mon
10am - 9.30pm
Tue
10am - 9.30pm
Wed
10am - 9.30pm
Thur
10am - 9.30pm
Fri
10am - 9.30pm
Sat
10am - 5pm
Sun
11am-3pm
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