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Theory Test

The learner driver theory test must be completed by all candidates prior to applying for their first learners permit. They will be tested on general road safety knowledge and motoring legislation. To book your learner driver theory test contact the following lo-call telephone number: 1890 606 106

Theory tests are held in 41 test centres around the country and can be booked on-line.

Note the certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of your test.

Learners Permit

As of October 2013 all Learners Permits and Driving Licenses must be applied for through your local NDLS centre. National Driver Licence Service

When applying for your permit you require:

  • Also required is a combination of the following documentation:
  • Appropriate fee
  • Theory test certificate
  • Current learner permit (if applicable)
  • Your current full licence if applying for a higher category
  • A completed NDLS eyesight report form
  • A completed NDLS medical report form
  • Documentation to verify your identity
  • Documentation to verify your PPSN
  • If applying for a third or subsequent learner permit you must submit evidence
    • You have sat a driving test (failure report)
    • You have a forthcoming driving test (letter or email)