Below is a quick step-by-step guide to help new drivers understand the process of applying for a learner permit in Ireland

If you want to start driving for the first time, you must first obtain a learner permit which is processed and issued by your local Motor Taxation Office (click here for an up-to-date list to find your nearest Tax Office). Each permit costs €35 (for those under 70 years of age) and is valid for two years from the date it is issued to the applicant.


As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a set of documents which we have listed below:

  • Proof of Identification (normally an original Birth Certificate or Passport)
  • Completed Learner Permit Application Form
  • Theory Test Certificate
  • Two Passport-sized photos both signed on the back
  • Eyesight Report Form which must be completed by a qualified optician
  • Depending on the overall state of your health, you may also have to have qualified medical practitioner complete a Medical Report Form
  • €35 Fee


We have provided links where you can download all relevant forms which will save you an unnecessary trip to your Local Tax Office (Note that the RSA recommend that you print the Medical Report Form back to back). When you have all the above documents ready, all you have to do is submit them in to your nearest Tax Office where they will process your application and submit a licence to you via post within a few weeks.


However, if you want to find out how long it will take for you to receive your learner permit in the post, we suggest you ask a member of staff in the Tax Office when handing in all documentation as processing timeframes can vary from centre to centre.