Apply for the RSA Driving Test
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The RSA Driving Test
Looking to apply for your RSA driving test?
Colm Branigan Driving School has produced this excellent RSA Driving Test Guide to help you all the way. To make your life even easier, we have included all the website links in your guide.
It gets even better! As a bonus, we have also included our 6 Golden Tips to Pass Your RSA Driving Test.
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How to apply for your RSA Driving Test
You can apply online
Before you apply for your RSA driving test, check this list out!
- Have you completed your 12 mandatory lessons (EDT Lessons)?
- Do you have a valid Learner Permit?
- Have you got your PPS Number or PSC Card?
- Do you have a valid debit or credit card (Visa and Mastercard are currently accepted)?
EDT Lessons are 12 one-hour lessons, which you must complete before sitting your driving test. You can find out more information about EDT Lessons by clicking here.
You can now view all your EDT training records online. With your own personalised essential driver training application (My EDT), you can verify that all your EDT Lessons have been uploaded to the RSA System.
The 6 Month Rule
First time Learner Permit holders for cars must wait 6 months from the date of issue of their learner permit before they can sit their driving test.
A holder of a current valid full driving licence from another country (jurisdiction) for more than six months is exempt from this requirement, provided you forward a current valid original driving licence and a letter of entitlement from the relevant licensing authority in that country to the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and have completed the Reduced EDT Programme. More information about the Reduced EDT programme can be found here.
RSA Driving Test Waiting Times
The current average waiting time for a Category B (car/light van) driving test, per test centre, based on the waiting times of applicants who had a test appointment during the last 4 weeks, can be viewed by clicking the link below:
Short Notice Test
If you have selected this option, The RSA will be in contact with you as soon as an appointment becomes available. Please note thet when on the short notice list, you may be given less than 10 days’ notice of your test appointment.
Cancelling your RSA Driving Test
If you cannot sit your test on the date you have been given, you can cancel that test and apply for another one. If you have cancelled 2 or more driving test appointments in the past or if you give the RSA less than 10 days’ notice before your test appointment, your application will be cancelled, and you will have to reapply and pay again for a new driving test appointment.
To cancel your test, click here and follow the instructions on the screen.
From time to time there may be disruption to your driving tests due to adverse weather conditions. Please click here to see any updates in relation to disruptions to driving tests.
RSA Driving Test Vehicle
You are required to bring a vehicle to the test centre on the day of your driving test. The Road Safety Authority does not provide a vehicle for your driving test. You must be insured to drive the vehicle. The vehicle must display a current valid original insurance disc (currently not accepting emailed versions of insurance discs), current valid motor tax disc and NCT disc, if required.
You are not required to notify the Road Safety Authority that you will be sitting your driving test in an automatic or electric vehicle. You can sit your RSA driving test in an automatic or an electric vehicle, however if you pass the driving test in one of these vehicles, your driving licence will only allow you to drive a vehicle with automatic transmission. If you pass your driving test in a manual vehicle you will be licensed to drive both automatic transmission and manual cars.
RSA Driving Test Contact Information
Driver Testing Section, Road Safety Authority, Moy Valley Business Park, Primrose Hill, Ballina, Co. Mayo, F26 V6E4
Telephone Numbers: 1890 40 60 40 or 096 25000
Opening Hours: 8.30 to 17.00, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.
Thats it!- Your RSA Driving Test Guide
Now as promised, here’s your bonus!
6 Golden Tips to Pass Your RSA Driving Test
1. Relax Your Concentration!
If you force yourself to concentrate, you will become tired quickly. Devoting too much attention to routines will result in “forced concentration” and may even result in a poor drive especially during your driving test. Routines are important of course, but only if they are used appropriately. Explore with your driving instructor ways to relax your concentration during your driving lessons or use some of the ideas I have listed below.
2. Observe Naturally!
Let your observation “flow” in a natural way. Bust the myths like “show the tester that you are checking the mirrors”. If you make too many “deliberate” head movements, it’s more likely that the driving tester will fault you for poor observation. Let’s face it, if your spending too long looking in your mirrors, your general observation will have to suffer. Practise observing naturally during your pretest driving lessons and ask your driving instructor to support you by highlighting good observation and areas for improvement.
3. Take in the Big Picture!
Think about it, if your vision is low you will only take in a limited amount of the information that’s available. That means that you will have less time to deal with all the stuff that’s happening! Create more time for yourself to react. When learning to drive, ask your driving instructor to help you to scan effectively- to take in the bigger picture. If you work on this during your EDT Driving Lessons and pretest lessons, you will have a much-improved chance of passing your test first time!
4. Act Safely on What You See!
During your driving test, ask yourself “What’s the safest thing to do here?” – It sounds obvious doesn’t it? However, many driving test candidates are more concerned about what they think the tester would “like” them to do instead of acting safely on what they see. During your mock tests with your Approved Driving Instructor, practise this technique so that you are making decisions based on safe progress. Then during your driving test, repeat naturally!
5. Let Your Car Do Some Work!
Know your car! If you are using your own car or if you are hiring your driving instructor’s car for your test, know what it can do and what it can’t do! Make sure you understand the technology that’s available and use it to help you during your test. Ask your driving instructor to explain or demonstrate all the driving assistance technology that you have. Let the car do some work for you!
6. Have a Coping Strategy!
Nerves are natural but if they “take over” during your test your performance will suffer. During your driving lessons and especially during pretests and mock tests, explore with your driving instructor strategies to help you cope with test nerves. These may include pre-test mindfulness techniques and /or “mind tricks” during the test itself. These instant fixes can get you back on track quickly and help you pass. You will then be able to enjoy the independence and freedom of a full driving licence!
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