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How to get a learner permit

Who needs a Learner Permit?

If you wish to drive a vehicle and sit a driving test for a particular category you must hold a learner permit for that category.

The categorys of licence are

Car

B - Vehicles (other than motorcycles. mopeds, work vehicles, or land tractors) having a Maximum authorised mass not exceeding 3,500kg, with a capacity for no more than eight passangers in addition to the driver. - Minimum age 17

BE - Combination of drawing vehicles in category B and trailer where the MAM of the trailer is not greater than 3,500kg. Minimum age 17, full licence must first be held in B

Motorbike

AM - Mopeds and three wheeled vehicles with a maximum design speed of 45km/h as well as light quadricycles - Minimum age 16

A1 - Motorcycle up to 125cc, power rating not more than 11kW with a power to weight ratio no greater than 0.1kW/kg - MInimum age 16

A2 - Motorcycle less than 35kW, a power/weight ratio not greater than 0.2kW/kg and not derived from a vehicle more than double its power. - Minimum age 18

A - All motorcycles including those greater than 35kW. The minimum age at which this licence can be held through direct access is age 24, progressive access age 20.

Truck

C - Rigid Truck, vehicles other than D1 or D or work vehicles whos MAM is over 3,500kg, with a capacity for no more than eight passangers in addition to the driver. Minimum age 18 with CPC, 21 without CPC  full licence must first be held in category B.

CE - Artic Truck, combination of drawing vehicles in category C and trailer where the MAM of the trailer is over 750kg. Minimum age 18 with CPC, 21 without CPC  full licence must first be held in category C.

C1 - Small Rigid Vehicles other than D1 or D or work vehicles whos MAM is over 3,500kg but does not exceed 7,500kg, with a capacity for no more than eight passangers in addition to the driver. Minimum age 18, full licence must first be held in category B.

CE1 - Small truck with trailer, combination of drawing vehicles in category C1 and trailer where the MAM of hte trailer is over 750kg and where the MAM of the drawing vehicle and trailer combined does not exceed 12,000kg. Minimum age 18, full licence must first be held in category C1.

Bus

D - Coach, vehicles with a capacity for more than 8 passangers in additon to the driver. - Minimum age 21 with CPC, 24 without CPC  full licence must first be held in category B.

DE - Coach and Trailer, combination of drawing vehicles in category D and trailer where the MAM of the trailer is over 750kg. Minimum age 18 with CPC, 21 without CPC  full licence must first be held in category D.

D1 - Minibus, vehicles with a capacity for not more than 16 passangers in additon to the driver, with a maximum length not exceeding 8 meters.  Minimum age 21, full licence must first be held in category B.

D1E - Minibus and trailer, combination of drawing vehicles in category D1 and trailer where the MAM of the trailer is over 750kg. Minimum age 21  full licence must first be held in category D1.

Work Vehicles

W - work vehicles and land tractors. Mimimum age 16.

 

Theory Test

If it is your fist time applying for a learner permit (provisional licence) in any category, you must take the Driver Theory Test. The test is set out into 4 different categories.

Category 1: (A1, A, M) Motorcycle, Moped.

Category 2: (B, EB, W) Car, Car & Trailer, Tractor & work vehicle.

The Driver Theory Test is a computerised exam which consists of 40 multiple-choice questions for Category 1 and Category 2 ; of which you must get at least 35 correct to pass. The cost is €45.

Category 3: (C1, C, EC) Heavy Goods, i.e. Rigid Truck & Artic Truck

Category 4: (D1, D) Bus, i.e. Minibus & Coach

The Driver Theory Test for truck and bus is now combined with the cpc part 1 and is a computerised exam which consists of 100 multiple-choice questions for truck or bus at a cost of €72. You can also sit the truck and bus together which will have 140 questions at a cost of €84.

You only need to do the test once for the above categories.

There is a book or a CD ROM with all of the questions that could be asked on the day of your test. These are available from any good bookshop.

Applying for a Theory Test
You can apply for a theory test on line at www.theorytest.ie , by phone on 1890 606106 (with a credit card), or by post by getting an application form and sending it along with a cheque or postal order.

 

 

What is needed when applying for a first learner permit


Motorbike/Car/Car & Trailer/ Work Vehicle:
Theory Test certificate, Eyesight report (completed by a doctor or optician), completed Learner Permit form, you must also supply documents to support: residency entitlement, identity, address and PPSN. These are to be brought to your local NDLS Office, along with the fee of €35.

*  All Learner permits for the Motorbike, Car & Work Vehicle categories    
    must be held for six months from the date of issue before sitting the   
    practical RSA Driving Test.

Truck/Bus:
Theory test certificate, Full Car Licence, Medical report (completed by a doctor), completed Learner Permit form, you must also supply documents to support: residency entitlement, address and PPSN. These are to be brought to your local NDLS Office, along with the fee of €35.

 

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