How much does it cost to learn to drive a car in Ireland ?
Learning to drive a car in Ireland has gradually become more expensive in recent years. The various fees and charges for tests and permits as well as lessons – all mount up .
The first step required, is to pass the Driver Theory Test . This costs €45 for a car
You will probably also need to buy a copy of The Official Driver Theory Test Questions and Answers – which will cost about €20
The second stage is to get a Learners Permit (Provisional Licence). You have to apply for a learner permit in person at one of the National Driver Licence Service NDLS centres located around the country. Learner permits for cars and work vehicles are valid for 2 years (or 1 year in certain circumstances) and since January 2013 the fee is €35.
Eyesight report – A completed Driving Licence Eyesight Report Form must accompany all first learner permit applications. The typical cost of a driving eyesight test is €20 .
Before you can take a driving test and get a full drivers license you need to undertake a mandatory Essential Driver Training course. The EDT is made up of 12 one-hour lessons, which you must complete before taking your Driving test. This EDT requirement came into force in 2011 . Each lesson in the EDT covers a specific area of driving skills – the lessons are in a set order and must be recorded in you personal EDT logbook.
There is no set charge for EDT lessons and each driving instructor sets their own price.
A quick survey of sample prices found charges for 12 EDT lessons ranging from €290 to €499. (Average €400).
Driving Test – A driving test for a car costs €85. If you pass – you can then apply for your full Driving License . A Ten-year driving licence costs €55
(Three-year driving licence costs €35 , One-year driving licence costs €25)
So – the overall minimum cost of learning to drive and getting a ten year driving licence will typically be €660 .
This does not include any extra lessons outside of the 12 hour mandatory lessons or any extra insurance premiums which would be needed if you were to drive your own car or a family car. Of course – once you have passed the test you will need to get insurance too.
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Figures checked May 2019