Provisional Driving Licence

From 1st January 2003 you are required to carry your licence with you at all times when driving in Ireland. It is a statutory requirement (the law) in Ireland that you must hold a provisional licence if you want to drive a motor vehicle in a public place.


The Department of Transport has overall responsibility for driver licensing. However, the principle local authorities are licensing authorities & issue driving licences. There are 29 licensing authorities (Motor Taxation Offices) around the country & you should make your application to the one nearest to where you live.


Before you begin to drive on public roads in Ireland, you must hold a provisional licence. To undergo a driving test, you must hold a provisional licence covering the category in which you wish to be tested. Motor vehicles are put into categories for driver licensing purposes and there is a minimum age requirement for all categories. A full or provisional licence only entitles you to drive the category of vehicle for which the licence has been issued.


Category of Vehicles / Minimum age of driver

  • Category
  • A1
  • Motorcycles up to 11kw or125 cc
  • 16 years
  • A. Restricted
  • Motorcycles up to 25kw or 300 cc
  • 18 years
  • A
  • Any size Motorcycle (after 2 yrs full licence)
  • 18 years
  • B
  • Vehicles with seats up to 8 passengers and max weight 3500kg includes trailers with design gross weight 750kg or less.

  • 17 years
  • M
  • Moped with max speed 45kph and engine size 50cc max
  • 16 years
  • W
  • Works vehicle such as a tractor or JCB
  • 16 years




Car drivers (category B) with a provisional licence must be accompanied at all times by, and under supervision of, a person with a current full driving licence of a car. The current obligation to be accompanied by a qualified driver (a person who has held a full driving licence in the same category for a minimum of two years) is set down in  Road Traffic (licensing of drivers) Regulations.


Motorcyclists (category A, A1, or M) and work vehicle drivers (category W) with provisional licences do not have to be accompanied when driving.


All other driver’s with provisional licences must be accompanied by or under the supervision of someone with a current full driving licence for the relevant vehicle category.


All provisional licence holders must display L- plates to the front and rear of the vehicle they are driving at all times.


If you hold a provisional licence, you can’t drive on the motorway, drive a vehicle drawing a trailer, act as an accompanying driver or carry other people for reward.


Since the commencement of Driver Theory Testing Service on 11thJune, 2001, a Theory Test Certificate must be obtained before a first provisional licence can be granted. If your provisional licence expires, you must undergo a Driver Theory Test before a new provisional licence can be issued.


Provisional licences are valid for two years (or one year in certain circumstances) and cost €15. Exchanging your driving licence to show a change of address is free of charge.


Where to Apply

Driver testing section, Government offices, Road Safety Authority, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Tel: +353 96 24200; Locall: 1890 406040; Fax: +353 96 24400


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