To obtain your Driving Learners Permit
Applying for your First Learner Permit
A First Learner Permit is valid for 2 years only. To apply for your first permit, follow these steps:
Step 1: Driver Theory Test Certificate
To get a Driver Theory Test Certificate, you must pass the Driver Theory Test.
To apply for a Driver Theory Test contact the Driver Theory Test Service:
• Online: http://www.theorytest.ie
• Telephone: 1890 60 61 06
• Or contact Kerry Motor Tax to request an application form.
Step 2: Complete Eyesight Certificate D502 -available at www.rsa.ie
This document certifies that your eyesight is adequate for driving, and is required for any change in eyesight for all permits and licenses.
To complete the form, arrange an appointment with a registered optician or doctor to conduct an eye test. He/she will then complete the form.
Please note: Eyesight Reports are only valid for submission with applications within one month of date of eyesight examination. Please ensure your Eyesight Report is still valid when submitting your application.
Step 3: Complete the Medical Report form D501 – available at www.rsa.ie
This document certifies that you are fit to drive.
You only need to complete a Medical Report D501 if:
• You are over 70 years or will be 70 years old on the day your licence is issued.
• You answer ‘Yes’ to any of the medical questions on Application Form D201.
• You require a licence for a higher category vehicle – holders of category entitlements for C1, EC1, C, EC, D1, ED1, D, and ED must produce a valid Medical Report (D501) to apply for/retain these categories on their licence.
To complete the form, make an appointment with a registered doctor. He/she will complete the form for you.
Please note: Medical Reports are only valid for submission with applications within one month of date of medical examination. Please ensure your Medical Report is still valid when submitting your application.
Step 4: Complete the Learner Driving Permit Application Form D201
The Learner Driving Permit Application Form D201 is available from public libraries and Kerry Garda Stations.
Alternatively contact us at the address below and we will send you form D201.
(Please note: Form D201 must be completed in BLACK pen)
Form D201 is available to download at www.rsa.ie
Step 5: Return all documentation to us
Please also enclose the following:
1. Proof of your identity. This could include your:
o Original birth certificate (and original marriage certificate if applicable)
o Valid Irish or EU passport
o Valid certificate of registration from the Garda National Immigration Bureau
2. Two identical recent passport type photos, signed by you on the reverse.
3. A cheque, bank draft or postal order for €35.00, made payable to ‘Kerry County Council’.
Do not enclose cash.
You will receive your Learner Driving Permit by post.
Learner Driver Training
As part of a program of improving driving standards and safety on our roads, all new first time learner permit holders are required to undertake structured Learner Driver Training which came into effect on 6th December 2010 for motorcycles and 4th April 2011 for cars.
Those taking out a first time learner permit (permit will have code 991 noted opposite the category in the column marked Restrictions/Information) on or after 4th April 2011 will have to take structured lessons.
Car learner drivers must complete a training programme known as Essential Driver Training (EDT) with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) before taking the test. The course will be 12 hours for car licences.