In Gear Driving School


1 Lesson/EDT 6 Lesson 12 EDT Lesson
General €40 €210 €399
Pre Test & Car Hire

1 Lesson/EDT 6 Lesson 12 EDT Lesson
Automatic Lessons €50 €269 €499
Pre Test & Car Hire

Special Offers

New Drivers: When you complete 10 driving lessons with IN GEAR Driving School you'll receive a stamped Certificate from First Ireland Risk Management LTD.

You'll get a full 1 YEAR NO CLAIMS DISCOUNT. This can give you a large discount on your first insurance policy.

Contact us on 085 810 8526 for more details.

Learner Drivers

Applying for your learner permit

Learner permits are processed and issued by motor taxation offices. You can get an application form for a learner permit from your motor tax office, garda station or local library.

A learner permit is generally issued for two years and costs €15. No fee will apply where the applicant is 70 years of age or more on the commencement date of the license.

Important note: The law requires that any person driving a mechanically propelled vehicle in a public place must hold a current learner permit or driving license in respect of the vehicle category being driven. Any person applying for a learner permit or driving license shall not supply false or misleading information in connection with such application.

Any person contravening either of these requirements is liable to prosecution and penalties.

What your application or renewal should include

  • A completed application form (D201), which can be obtained from your local Motor tax office, Library or Garda station.
  • Two passport-type photographs (signed on back)
  • Your current or most recent driving license (if you hold a driving license or held one within the previous 10 years) and/or:
  • your current/most recent learner permit (if you hold a current learner permit or held one within the previous five years – unless your most recent learner permit has been superseded by the issue of a driving license)
  • The appropriate fee

The following may also be required:

  • An original birth certificate/passport
  • An original certificate of registration
  • An medical report D501 form (if your are downloading the Medical Report form you must print it back to back)
  • An eyesight D502 form
  • Evidence that you underwent a driving test in the last two years if applying for a third or subsequent learner permit
  • Evidence of a forthcoming driving test if applying for a third or subsequent learner permit and you have not sat a driving set in the last two years
  • Lost license declaration
  • Theory test certificate

You can’t apply for a learner permit if you:

  • Are disqualified from driving due to age or ill health
  • Do not have your normal residence in Ireland (see below: ‘Normal residence in Ireland’)
  • Already hold a full driving license for the category in which the application will be made, which has been issued by the competent authority in a member state of the European Union or European Economic Area.

Normal residence in Ireland

Being ‘normally resident’ in Ireland means you live here for at least 185 days in each calendar year. Even where you work or study abroad for lengthy periods you may still be regarded as being normally resident in Ireland provided that you have personal ties in Ireland and return here regularly.

Birth certificate/passport

Your application must be accompanied by an original birth certificate or passport unless you:

  • Hold a current driving license or learner permit
  • Held a driving license within the last ten years or a learner permit within the last five
  • Hold a current valid driving license issued by another EU member state or another “recognised country”.

In certain instances, a certificate of registration may be submitted with a learner permit application instead of a birth certificate or passport.


The licensing authority may ask you to provide personal identification as part of the application process. You are advised to bring ID with you if applying in person. Acceptable ID includes:

  • Passport
  • Employee or student identity card

Medical requirements

A first-time application for a learner permit must be accompanied by a satisfactory eyesight report. This report may be completed by a registered ophthalmic optician or medical practitioner. You must sign the eyesight report form in the presence of the optician or doctor.

Your application must be accompanied by a medical report if you:

  • Are applying for a learner permit in any of the categories C1, C, D1, D, EC1, EC, ED1 or ED.
  • Will be 70 years of age or more on the first day of the period for which the license is being granted.
  • Suffer from certain disabilities or diseases
  • Have ever suffered from alcoholism or epilepsy
  • Are taking, on a regular basis, drugs or medication which would be likely to make you an unsafe driver

The medical report must be completed by a registered medical practitioner and you must sign the declaration in his/her presence. Important notes:

  • Anyone suffering from serious arrhythmia which has at any stage resulted in loss of consciousness should consult his/her doctor before applying for a license.
  • Anyone dependent on or regularly abuses psychotropic substances are disqualified from holding any learner permit or driving license. If you have any doubts about your physical or mental fitness to drive you should consult a doctor.

Medical report and eyesight report forms may be obtained from your local motor taxation office or downloaded from this webpage. If you are downloading the Medical Report form you must print it back to back.

EDT - Essential Driver Training

If the date of issue of your first learner permit is on or after 4 April 2011, you must complete Essential Driver Training (EDT) before you are allowed to take your full driving test.

EDT is not required if your first learner permit was issued before 4 April 2011.

If your permit has expired for more than 5 years then you are required to complete the EDT course before you can sit your driving test.

What is Essential Driver Training?

Essential Driver Training (EDT) is a mandatory training course that teaches fundamental driving skills to learner car drivers. It is part of the RSA’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) scheme and is intended to improve road safety.

EDT is only part of the learning process, you will need lots of practice and may need more lessons to become a safe driver.

Why do I need EDT?

Studies show that young drivers and inexperienced drivers are more likely to die or be seriously injured in collisions, and EDT is one of several measures introduced by the RSA to help improve critical driving knowledge, skills and behaviours of new drivers.

If the issue date of your first B category (Car) learner permit is on or after 4 April 2011, in order to be able to sit your full driving test, you must first complete all EDT lessons.

If you are not required to complete EDT, you may still choose to take an EDT course, as it can help increase your chances of passing the driving test and will help make you a better safer driver.

What does EDT involve?

EDT is a course of 12 one-hour lessons. These lessons are designed to cover certain critical driving skills and improve your practical driving skills.

As you complete each lesson, your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) will record your progress in a specially issued logbook.

You should also have a Sponsor, an experienced driver (many learner drivers choose a family member) who will supervise your driving practice outside of lessons, and will also track your progress in your logbook.

After you finish your EDT course, you may still need additional lessons with an ADI to improve your driving skills. Additionally, you should practice with your Sponsor as much as possible to get comfortable behind the wheel.

On the day of your driving test, you should bring your completed logbook on the appointed test date, as you may be required to show it to the examiner.

What does EDT cost?

There is no set charge for EDT lessons and each ADI sets their own fees. The RSA recommends that you ring several ADI's to enquire about the fees and also to see if the ADI is right for you. Recommendations from family and friends may also prove useful in helping you to make your choice.

Find an ADI

EDT can only be delivered by an RSA-approved instructor, an ADI. To find an available ADI, look on the ADI register. You may switch ADIs during the EDT course, but remember to get your current ADI to sign off on your completed lessons before you make any changes.

Benefits of EDT

Completing your essential driver training course will help you to:

  • Understand what it means to be a better safer driver.
  • Practice your driving skills in a structured way that is focussed on your own learning needs.
  • Develop lifelong skills that will make you a better safer driver.

Learner Tips

Driving Test

If you have your Driving Test call your instructor immediately on receiving your notification as you may need to book in advance due to availability.

I have lost count of how many times I have received phone calls asking for driving lessons and people have their tests two days later and very often there is no availability and they have to go to any driving school they can get. It's very simple the good Driving Schools won't be available at that short notice.

Remember it's your test and they are hard to get with the waiting list so make the most of it get the driving lessons early.

If you haven't prepared for the test don't expect to pass, the system is designed to seek out your faults and you will be found out.

At the test centre reverse your car into a parking spot so that when the examiner comes out you can drive straight out.

Arrive for your Driving Test early as the examiners work to a strict schedule if you arrive late your test will not be conducted. Ensure your car is clean inside and out and there is nothing in the car that could be dislodged during sudden braking. Remember to bring your license and appointment letter into the test centre with you.

Plan Your Journey

Before you set off on a journey plan it. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Allow for any complications that may occur and don't get stressed. It's better to arrive safe than not at all.

Check Your Car

Check you're brake lights: they do blow and just because you can't see them is no excuse. They are the only advance warning to cars behind that you are slowing also a car with no brake lights will not be taken out for a Driving Test. They should be checked once a week as well as your oil.

Don't Get Angry

Remember when driving that you do not own the road you share it, from time to time there will be mistakes made, allow for them, don't get angry the next mistake might be yours and you would like another driver to allow for your mistakes.

Wearing of seat belts is compulsory in front and rear seats.

Children under 12 years age not permitted in front seats.

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